By Freddie Allen
NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
A racist manifesto linked to Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old White man who confessed to shooting nine Blacks attending Bible Study a week ago at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., paints a portrait of a White supremacist who had a deep-seated hatred of African Americans.
“Niggers are stupid and violent,” he wrote in a document found on lastrhodesian.com, a site registered to Roof. The site also included a link to two dozens of photographs of him.
“At the same time they have the capacity to be very slick. Black people view everything through a racial lense. That’s what racial awareness is, its viewing everything that happens through a racial lense. They are always thinking about the fact that they are black. This is part of the reason they get offended so easily, and think that some thing are intended to be racist towards them, even when a White person wouldn’t be thinking about race.”
The writer added: “The other reason is the Jewish agitation of the Black race.”
Roof said that the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, by a White neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., “awakened” him. The watchman, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the case.
“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,” Roof wrote. “The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization in Montgomery, Ala. that tracks and exposes hate groups, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) “is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South.”
The SPLC said that the Council “has had the ear of a number” of federal and state lawmakers has called Blacks “a retrograde species of humanity.”
Roof’s rambling, ungrammatical manifesto includes a number of typos and misspellings. It is approximately 2,000 words and targets Jews, Hispanics and especially Blacks, “the group that is the biggest problem for Americans.”
Although “there are good Hispanics and bad Hispanics,” according to Roof, “But they are still our enemies.”
He wrote, “In my opinion, the issues with Jews is not their blood, but their identity. I think if we could somehow destroy the Jewish identity, then they wouldn’t cause much of a problem. The problem is that Jews look White, and in many cases are White, yet they see themselves as minorities. Just like niggers, most Jews are always thinking about they fact that they are Jewish. The other issue is that they network.”
Roof’s harshest words were reserved for Blacks.
He said, “Negroes have lower Iqs, lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior. Anyone who thinks that White and Black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe.”
Roof said, “Modern history classes instill a subconscious White superiority complex in Whites and an inferiority complex in Blacks. This White superiority complex that comes from learning how we dominated other peoples is also part of the problem I have just mentioned. But of course I don’t deny that we are in fact superior.”
He attempted to minimize the impact of slavery in the South, writing that, “Only a fourth to a third of people in the South owned even one slave. Yet every White person is treated as if they had a slave owning ancestor.” He claimed to have read hundreds of slave narratives about Black life South Carolina.
“One sticks out in my mind where an old ex-slave recounted how the day his mistress died was one of the saddest days of his life,” he wrote. “And in many of these narratives the slaves told of how their masters did’nt even allowing whipping on his plantation.”
He praised racial segregation as being good for both Blacks and Whites.
“Segregation did not exist to hold back Negroes. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways,” he wrote. “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 level of brute animals. The best example of this is obviously our school system.”
Although the document does not give any clues to why the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was targeted specifically, it’s clear that Roof saw his actions in the context of a larger racially-motivated war between Whites and Blacks.
“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,” Roof wrote. “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.”