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Charleston shooting: How race influences the way we label suspects




People pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015.
People pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015.
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The acts committed at the Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church are being investigated as a hate crime, but how do we label the person allegedly behind those acts?  

Is he a terrorist? Will he be deemed mentally ill? And will what he be called be influenced by his race? Those are some of the questions raised in a recent column in the Washington Post. It was written by Anthea Butler, an Associate Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She joins Alex Cohen for a discussion on the topic.