According to The New York Times, two Twitter users using the handles @henrykrinkle and @EMQuangel, uncovered a web site containing a cache of photos of Dylann Roof, as well as a racist manifesto allegedly penned by the South Carolina church shootings suspect.
The web site, called lastrhodesian.com, which was first registered to Dylann Roof in February 2015, opens with a bloodied image of an apparently dead white man laying on the ground. The image appears to be from the 1992 Australian movie “Romper Stomper”, which featured a violent Neo-Nazi gang and was loosely inspired by the real life story of Melbourne Neo-Nazi skinhead Dane Sweetman.
The web site contains multiple photos of Roof, as well as a chilling manifesto that outlined the author’s racist views. The website has not yet been officially verified as belonging to roof, but it was registered in his name in February and it contains photos of him surrounded with racist imagery. In one photo he is shown burning an American flag.
According to the manifesto, Roof claims that he was not a racist until the Trayvon Martin incident “awakened” him. Roof argues that George Zimmerman was in the right, and then he launches into a racist diatribe against African-Americans.
The text is filled with vile racist language. If it is confirmed that the comments were written by Roof, it should erase any doubt about whether or not he was a hardcore racist. A sample passage that includes milder language than most of the manifesto simply reads:
Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes [sic]. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways. Not only did it protect us from having to interact with them, and from being physically harmed by them, but it protected us from being brought down to their level. Integration has done nothing but bring Whites down to the level of brute animals. The best example of this is obviously our school system.
The author also declares Jews and Hispanics to be enemies. The manifesto concludes with Roof casting himself as the hero who will take action, while he complains that Charleston has “no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet”. He adds:
Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.
Assuming that Roof wrote the manifesto as it appears, there can be no question that the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church was motivated by racism. Commentators who want to downplay the shooter’s racist motivations had better take the time to read the shooter’s apparent manifesto. The racism in that document speaks loud and clear.
There is no ambiguity. The killer was a hardcore racist.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.