Celebrities Speak Out Against Charleston Shooting Tragedy & Demand Change
Enough is enough. Following the horrific Charleston shooting on Wednesday evening, 21-year-old Dylann Roof reportedly confessed to shooting nine African-American churchgoers in an attempt to start a "race war," according to law enforcement officials who spoke with CNN. And now, several celebrities are speaking out about the need to make significant changes now that will prevent future hate crimes and mass shootings.
At the same time that some are attempting to find justice for this irrational act of cruelty, others are livid over the the hypocrisy of the fact that the confederate flag, which is viewed by many people as a symbol of slavery, still flies near the South Carolina capitol building and that Roof's license plate allegedly featured an image of the flag, as well. Only the Offices of South Carolina's General Assembly has the power to change the flag and the state is one of five that doesn't have a state hate crime law. Add these facts to the very real problem in this country that is gun control and you get a lot of angry people — celebrities included — who are using Twitter to express their frustrations and call for change.
Here are just a few celebs using social media to call for change and express their fury at the injustices surrounding this tragedy.