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SIU professor reacts to shootings in Charleston, S.C.

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Dr. Joseph A Brown of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale said people should be paying attention to the nation's history and focusing on education in light of the allegedly racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The incident occurred at a bible study in a Charleston, S.C. Church on Wednesday night.

The church's pastor and eight others were killed.

Twenty-one-year-old Dylan Roof is in police custody, and the shooting is being investigated as a hate crime.

“I want to know what will happen to whomever taught this shooter these thoughts, which motivated this” Brown explained, “If we're going to be preaching something that saves this world, this country, this planet, this community, we have to start preaching that all lives matter. Black, female, illegal alien… whatever."

Dr. Brown referenced a quote in an article by the New York Times which quoted the shooter as saying "I have to do it. You rape our women and are taking over our country and you've got to go."

"That's the language of the KKK.” Brown said, “…of those people who organized mobs for lynching in the 19th and 20th century."

Brown said his life as an instructor in the Africana Studies field and in area in churches is motivated by history.

“It never stopped. you bomb a church in 1963, and go into one in 2015, and black people are dead," he said.

Brown also referenced President Obama's mention of gun availability in his address to the nation on Thursday afternoon.

"I've had to make statements like this too many times." The President said from the White House on Thursday morning, "Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don't have all the facts but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun." The president stated on Thursday.

"The mind behind the trigger terrifies me” Brown said, “but if that mind controls a trigger, I don't have a chance."

A candlelight vigil will be held at First Christian Church in Dexter on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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