Dylann Roof's Manifesto Discovered By Online Activists, Lays Out 'Race War' Motivation
Around 9am eastern Saturday morning,Twitter users Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle simultaneously tweeted out for the first time what appears to be Dylann Roof's online manifesto (warning: graphic content).
User HenryKrinkle (who told AlterNet over Twitter direct message he wishes to remain anonymous) tweeted out at 8am Eastern an open proposition for anyone to cover the cost of a reverse DNS search to see if Roof had ever registered a website.
Communist writer Quangel agreed and after running a search, it was revealed that on February 9 of this year, a "Dylann Roof" had registered the domain lastrhodesian.com.
The above screencap was provided to AlterNet by Quangel.
The url name is consistent with earlier photos showing Roof wearing patches of the flag of Rhodesia, the white supremacist apartheid name for the country now called Zimbabwe.
Other accounts have since corroborated that the website was registered to a South Carolina address, ostensibly Roof's.
The site contains two links, one with "text" where Roof apparently wrote his 2,444-word manifesto, the other, a "photos" section where one can download a .zip file full of pictures of Roof. The zip file contains roughly 60 pictures, all previously unpublished, showing Roof with confederate flags, guns and other white supremacist iconography.
The text of the manifesto is fairly straightforward, mostly detailing Roof's white supremacist ideology and how he came to believe it. It's organized by an introduction, a list of commentary on different "races," an appeal to "patriotism,” and finally, an explanation for why he attacked AME Church in Charleston, SC.
"I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."
Roof insists his transformation was his own doing rather than being raised in the south where he says every white person has a “small amount of racism.” The turning point, he claims, was during the Trayvon Martin trial when he witnessed what he believed to be the media covering up "black on white" crime.
"Black on white crime" is a common trope among white nationalists and mainstream rightwing press.
"The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?"
The validity of the website has not been independently verified.
Writer's note: Some will no doubt criticize our amplifying of Roof's repugnant views. After consideration, we determined the news value of tracing the genealogy of his hate was worth it. Many of the themes he obsesses over—"black on white crime," an "inevitable race war," black activists conspiring with media to harm whites—are, in fact, entirely mainstream opinions on the right. The degree to which these themes influenced his radicalization is, we feel, of great political consequence and ought to be openly discussed in the coming weeks.