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Dylann Roof’s Manifesto (Annotated)

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Editor’s Note:

roofstory_43The following text is Dylann Roof’s manifesto with its spelling and grammatical errors corrected. I maintained Roof’s capitalization of “White” and lowercase of “jews” and “negores.” We have added links and annotations provided by our readers and ably compiled and augmented by James O’Meara

The purpose of this project is to show that Roof’s worldview was not based on “ignorance” or “prejudice” but on verifiable facts. Of course, none of these facts necessitated Roof’s decision to go on a shooting spree, which was an error of moral and practical reasoning, not of matters of fact.

If the political system wishes to prevent more Dylann Roofs from going on similar rampages, it has to address the “root causes” of Roof’s anger, which means acknowledging rather than dismissing the facts that converted him into a White Nationalist. 

This is a work in progress. Please post additional links and corrections below.

I was not raised in a racist home or environment. Living in the South, almost every White person has a small amount of racial awareness, simply because of the numbers of negroes in this part of the country. But it is a superficial awareness. Growing up, in school, the White and black kids would make racial jokes toward each other, but all they were, were jokes. White friends and I would sometimes would watch things that would make us think that “blacks were the real racists”[1] and other elementary thoughts like this, but there was no real understanding behind it.

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?[2]

From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England[3] and France,[4] and in all the other Western European countries.[5] Again I found myself in disbelief. As an American we are taught to accept living in the melting pot,[6] and black and other minorities have just as much right to be here as we do, since we are all immigrants.[7] But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there. From here I found out about the Jewish problem and other issues facing our race, and I can say today that I am completely racially aware.


I think it is fitting to start off with the group I have the most real life experience with, and the group that is the biggest problem for Americans.

Niggers are stupid[8] and violent.[9] At the same time they have the capacity to be very slick. Black people view everything through a racial lens. That’s what racial awareness is; it’s viewing everything that happens through a racial lens. 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 something is intended to be racist towards them, even when a White person wouldn’t be thinking about race. The other reason is the Jewish agitation of the black race.

Black people are racially aware almost from birth, but White people on average don’t think about race in their daily lives.[10] And this is our problem. We need to and have to.

Say you were to witness a dog being beaten by a man. You are almost surely going to feel very sorry for that dog. But then say you were to witness a dog biting a man. You will most likely not feel the same pity you felt for the dog for the man. Why? Because dogs are lower than men.

This same analogy applies to black and White relations. Even today, blacks are subconsciously viewed by White people are lower beings.[11] They are held to a lower standard in general. This is why they are able to get away with things like obnoxious behavior in public. Because it is expected of them.[12]

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 of 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.

I wish with a passion that niggers were treated terribly throughout history by Whites, that every White person had an ancestor who owned slaves, that segregation was an evil an oppressive institution, and so on. Because if it was all it true, it would make it so much easier for me to accept our current situation. But it isn’t true. None of it is. We are told to accept what is happening to us because of ancestors’ wrong doing, but it is all based on historical lies, exaggerations, and myths. I have tried endlessly to think of reasons we deserve this, and I have only came back more irritated because there are no reasons.

Only a fourth to a third of people in the South owned even one slave.[13] Yet every White person is treated as if they had a slave owning ancestor. This applies to in the states where slavery never existed, as well as people whose families immigrated after slavery was abolished. I have read hundreds of slaves narratives from my state. And almost all of them were positive. 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. And in many of these narratives the slaves told of how their masters didn’t even allowing whipping on his plantation.

Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes. It existed to protect us from them.[14] 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 level of brute animals. The best example of this is obviously our school system.

Now White parents are forced to move to the suburbs to send their children to “good schools.” But what constitutes a “good school”? The fact is that how good a school is considered directly corresponds to how White it is. I hate with a passion the whole idea of the suburbs. To me it represents nothing but scared White people running.[15] Running because they are too weak, scared, and brainwashed to fight. Why should we have to flee the cities we created for the security of the suburbs? Why are the suburbs secure in the first place? Because they are White. The pathetic part is that these White people don’t even admit to themselves why they are moving. They tell themselves it is for better schools or simply to live in a nicer neighborhood. But it is honestly just a way to escape niggers and other minorities.

But what about the White people that are left behind? What about the White children who, because of school zoning laws, are forced to go to a school that is 90 percent black? Do we really think that that White kid will be able to go one day without being picked on for being White, or called a “white boy”? And who is fighting for him? Who is fighting for these White people forced by economic circumstances to live among negroes? No one, but someone has to.

Here I would also like to touch on the idea of a Northwest Front.[16] I think this idea is beyond stupid. Why should I, for example, give up the beauty and history of my state to go to the Northwest? To me the whole idea just parallels the concept of White people running to the suburbs. The whole idea is pathetic and just another way to run from the problem without facing it.

Some people feel as though the South is beyond saving, that we have too many blacks here. To this I say look at history. The South had a higher ratio of blacks when we were holding them as slaves.[17] Look at South Africa, and how such a small minority held the blacks in apartheid for years and years.[18] Speaking of South Africa, if anyone thinks that think will eventually just change for the better, consider how in South Africa they have affirmative action for the black population that makes up 80 percent of the population.[19]

It is far from being too late for America or Europe. I believe that even if we made up only 30 percent of the population we could take it back completely. But by no means should we wait any longer to take drastic action.

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.[20]

Negroes have lower IQs, lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in general. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior.[21] If a scientist publishes a paper on the differences between the races in Western Europe or Americans, he can expect to lose his job.[22] There are personality traits within human families, and within different breeds of cats or dogs, so why not within the races?

A horse and a donkey can breed and make a mule, but they are still two completely different animals. Just because we can breed with the other races doesn’t make us the same.

In a modern history class it is always emphasized that, when talking about “bad” things Whites have done in history, they were White. But when we learn about the numerous, almost countless wonderful things Whites have done, it is never pointed out that these people were White. Yet when we learn about anything important done by a black person in history, it is always pointed out repeatedly that they were black. For example when we learn about how George Washington carver was the first nigger smart enough to open a peanut.[23]

On another subject I want to say this. Many White people feel as though they don’t have a unique culture. The reason for this is that White culture is world culture. I don’t mean that our culture is made up of other cultures, I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world. This makes us feel as though our culture isn’t special or unique. Say for example that every business man in the world wore a kimono, that every skyscraper was in the shape of a pagoda, that every door was a sliding one, and that everyone ate every meal with chopsticks. This would probably make a Japanese man feel as though he had no unique traditional culture.

I have noticed a great disdain for race mixing White women within the White nationalists’ community, bordering on insanity. These women are victims, and they can be saved. Stop.[24]


Unlike many White nationalists, I am of the opinion that the majority of American and European jews are White.[25] In my opinion the issues with jews is not their blood, but their identity. I think that 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 the fact that they are jewish. The other issue is that they network. If we could somehow turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening, because people would be able to see plainly what is going on.

I don’t pretend to understand why jews do what they do. They are an enigma.[26]


Hispanics are obviously a huge problem for Americans. But there are good hispanics and bad hispanics. I remember while watching hispanic television stations, the shows and even the commercials were more White than our own.[27] They have respect for White beauty, and a good portion of hispanics are White. It is a well-known fact that White hispanics make up the elite of most hispanic countries.[28] There is good White blood worth saving in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and even Brazil.

But they are still our enemies.

East Asians

I have great respect for the East Asian races. Even if we were to go extinct they could carry something on. They are by nature very racist and could be great allies of the White race. I am not opposed at all to allies with the Northeast Asian races.[29]


I hate the sight of the American flag. Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke. People pretending like they have something to be proud while White people are being murdered daily in the streets. Many veterans believe we owe them something for “protecting our way of life” or “protecting our freedom.” But I’m not sure what way of life they are talking about. How about we protect the White race and stop fighting for the jews. I will say this though, I myself would have rather lived in 1940s America than Nazi Germany, and no this is not ignorance speaking, it is just my opinion. So I don’t blame the veterans of any wars up until after Vietnam, because at least they had an American to be proud of and fight for.[30]

An Explanation

To take a saying from a film, “I see all this stuff going on, and I don’t see anyone doing anything about it. And it pisses me off.”[31] To take a saying from my favorite film, “Even if my life is worth less than a speck of dirt, I want to use it for the good of society.”[32]

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,[33] no real KKK,[34] 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.

Unfortunately at the time of writing I am in a great hurry and some of my best thoughts, actually many of them, have been to be left out and lost forever. But I believe enough great White minds are out there already.

Please forgive any typos, I didn’t have time to check it.


1. “Rasmussen Poll Says Blacks Are More Racist Than Whites” by Tom Kludt, TPM, July 3, 2013, here.

2. “Blacks are statistically 50 times more likely to attack whites than vice versa” — New Century Foundation, The Color of Crime, New Century Foundation’s report on differences in crime rates by race, bias in the justice system, and interracial crime. First published as a monograph in 1999, the new 2005 edition of The Color of Crime is now available on-line as a free PDF download. “This is a racial double standard that has become de rigueur over several generations in politically correct America. Does anyone remember hearing anything on the news about Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome horrendous tortures, rapes, and murders on the news? Or the horrible tortures and murders of the Savopoulos family in DC at the hands of a black killer?” “Angry White Dude’s Thoughts on the Charleston Murders” 6/19/15, here. “They don’t report on the much more common black-on-white crime, but the very rare man-bites-dog story of white-on-black crime — that gets covered hysterically not because it is a man-bites-dog story, but they act as if, ‘No, this is all too common, it’s the racism in America.’ No, it is very rare. In one example of my book — rape cases, interracial rape cases, the number of black-on-white rapes going back 15 years, 15 years there are about 1,000-to-2,000 a year black-on-white rapes. For 15 years according to the Department of Justice victimization surveyed, the number of white-on-black rapes are either 0.0 or sample too small for a number.” “Ann Coulter slams the media for hyping rare White on Black Crimes While Ignoring Black on White Crime, The Daily Caller, August 25, 2013, here.

3. “White Riot: Assimilation and Cultural Death in England” by Francis Alexander; Counter-Currents, August 12, 2011, here.

4. “According to Faye, the race riots in “our” suburbs [during November 2005] were only the beginning of what promises to be an even greater violence. … Contrary to what the mainstream media would have us believe, November’s violence was racial in character. Eight people were killed, Africans and Arabs engaged in massive arsonist assaults. Their motivation? Hatred! Hatred of the Whiteman. For Faye, this hatred explains why Christian churches were sacrileged [sic] and public buildings burned. If it weren’t hatred, he asks, then how do you explain why they burned cars, when it would have simpler and more profitable to steal them.” “Guillaume Faye Speaks in Nice,” Marco Polo, February 4, 2006; translated by Michael O’Meara, Counter-Currents, January 9, 2011, here.

5. For example, “More Meltdown in Europe — Riots in Sweden,” Western Journalism, May 25, 2013, here; “Stockholm riots leave Sweden’s dreams of perfect society up in smoke,” The Telegraph, 29 June 2015 , here. “Spain struggles with race riots,” BBC, 8 February, 2000, here.

6. “Israel Zangwill`s The Melting Pot was the hit of New York’s 1908 season. It has provided a metaphor for immigration enthusiasts ever since. (Not original with Zangwill, of course. Emerson had earlier used the term ‘smelting pot’ for the same idea, and there are many other examples.) The Melting Pot is available on the web, but there are some typos in that version, so VDARE has provided its own copy as a text file, based on Volume II of Zangwill’s works.” “Immigration Myths (contd.): Zangwill and The Melting Pot” by James Fulford, April 25, 2001,, here.

7. “’We are a nation of immigrants.’ No discussion of U.S. immigration policy gets far without someone making this helpful remark. As an immigrant myself, I always pause respectfully. You never know. Maybe this is what they’re taught to chant in schools nowadays, a sort of multicultural Pledge of Allegiance. But it secretly amuses me. Do they really think other nations sprouted up out of the ground? (“Autochthonous” is the classical Greek word.) The truth is that all nations are nations of immigrants. But the process is usually so slow and historic that people overlook it. They mistake for mountains what are merely clouds. Peter Brimelow, “Time to Rethink Immigration?”, June 22, 1992 (first published in National Review, June 22, 1992), here. “In his immigration speech on Thursday, President Obama heralded America as a ‘nation of immigrants’ defined not by blood or birth, but by ‘fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear.’ If only it were so. Left-wing academics and activists spurned assimilation as a common goal long ago. Their fidelity lies with bilingualism (a euphemism for native language maintenance over English-first instruction), identity politics, ethnic militancy and a borderless continent.” “Obama Wrong—U.S. Not “A Nation of Immigrants” Michelle Malkin,, July 1, 2010, here.

8. See “my 10 favorite reasons for thinking that genes have something to do with the B/W IQ gap” in “Correcting the Antiracialist,” The Right Stuff, here.

9. “For example, in one study, the variant of the MAO-A gene most associated with aggression and delinquency was found in 5.2 percent of a sample of black males but only 0.1 percent of Caucasian males, which may explain a lot.” “The Liberal Creationists” by Steve Sailer, Taki’s Magazine, April 30, 2014, here.

10. “Is Barack Obama ‘black’? A majority of Americans say no” by Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post, April 14, 2014, here.

11. “Most white Americans demonstrate bias against blacks, even if they’re not aware of or able to control it.” Chris Mooney, Washington Post, December 8, 2014; excerpt here.

12. “Why not just turn a blind-eye completely when black males walk in the middle of busy streets or steal cigars? After all, no one wants to be next white sacrificial lamb to an ideology continually in need of more individuals to slaughter, for BRA [Black Run America] must always be satiated with a new racial controversy to exert moral superiority over those philistines who dare believe Officer Wilson or George Zimmerman shouldn’t immediately be executed for their criminal transgressions against blacks.” Paul Kersey, “Shouldn’t it be: ‘Black People are to be blamed for the worst parts of American History’?”, Stuff Black People Don’t Like, Feb. 26, 2015, here.

13. “The standard image of Southern slavery is that of a large plantation with hundreds of slaves. In fact, such situations were rare. Fully 3/4 of Southern whites did not even own slaves; of those who did, 88% owned twenty or fewer. Whites who did not own slaves were primarily yeoman farmers. Practically speaking, the institution of slavery did not help these people.” — “Conditions of antebellum slavery 1830-1860,”, here.

14. See generally, New Nation News – Black on White Crime, and the works of Colin Flaherty: White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It (WND, 2012) and Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry: The Hoax of Black Victimization and Those Who Enable It (CreateSpace, 2015).

“The need for NOLA for Life and the Memphis Gun Down Program only exist[s] because each city has a violent, bellicose black population genetically unqualified with participating in the civilization they inherited via white flight.” Paul Kersey, “Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night,” Stuff Black People Don’t Like, June 29, 2015, here.

15. Generally known as “White Flight”; see Wikipedia here. This is the attempt to escape what Paul Kersey has dubbed “the black undertow”; for example, here.

16. “The Northwest Front is a political organization of Aryan men and women who recognize that an independent and sovereign White nation in the Pacific Northwest is the only possibility for the survival of the White race on this continent.” Northwest Front, here.

17. “For example, we know that South Carolina had a clear black majority from about 1708 through most of the eighteenth century. By 1720 there were about 18,000 people living in South Carolina and 65% of these were enslaved African-Americans. In St. James Goose Creek, a parish just north of Charles Towne, there were only 535 whites and 2,027 black slaves.” South Carolina Information Highway, “The Lives of African-American Slaves in Carolina During the 18th Century,” here. “1860: The slave population is now nearly four million, making the ratio of free to enslaved Americans approximately 7:1.” PBS, “Slavery and the Making of America: Timeline,” here.

18. “Statistics South Africa asks people to describe themselves in the census in terms of five racial population groups. The 2011 census figures for these groups were Black African at 79.2%, White at 8.9%, Coloured at 8.9%, Indian or other Asian at 2.5%, and Other/Unspecified at 0.5%. The first census in South Africa in 1911 showed that whites made up 22% of the population; it declined to 16% in 1980, and 8.9% in 2011.” Wikipedia, here.

19. See Human Resources South Africa: “Basic Guide for Affirmative Action in South Africa,” here.

20. “To [Nicholas] Wade, race isn’t just skin deep. In fact, he finds the visual differences between races less significant than the behavioral. Evolution’s strategy for adapting to radically different environments is to ‘keep the human body much the same but change the social behavior,’” Steve Sailer, op. cit.

21. “Low Impulse Control + Poor Future Time-Orientation + Low IQ(x)Jury Nullification (black political control)² = Baltimore in 2014” by Paul Kersey, Stuff Black People Don’t Like, April 28, 2015, here.

22. James Watson—the co-parent of DNA and “perhaps the most distinguished living American scientist, has now been kicked to the curb by the Cold Spring Harbor genetics laboratory he rescued and rebuilt over the last 40 years for making politically (but not scientifically) incorrect statements about African IQs.” Steve Sailer, “James D. Watson: Broken by the PC Inquisition, Betrayed by the Righteous Right” (VDare, October 28, 2007, here. Watson recently auctioned off his golden Nobel medal for $4.75 million.

23. “One of the most widespread black invention myths, which has even insinuated itself into otherwise skeptical minds, is that peanut butter was invented by George Washington Carver. Some even seem to think that the invention of peanut butter is on a par with the printing press and penicillin.” Greg Johnson, “George Washington Carver,” Counter-Currents, February 5, 2011, here. Generally, see “Black Invention Myths,” no longer online but reprinted at Counter-Currents, February 3, 2014, here.

24. For the White Nationalist view, see “White Nationalist Race-Mixers” by Andrew Hamilton; Counter-Currents, December 19, 2011, here.

25. “The evidence is conclusive. Jews are part of an identifiable genetic clustering. This clustering is part of the Near Eastern genetic clustering. The Near Eastern genetic clustering is part of the Non-European Caucasians clustering. Jews are not white.” — “Are Jews White? by Robert E. Reis. See also “Are Jews White?” by Ted Sallis, Counter-Currents, March 31, 2015, here.

26. “It is evident that Dylann Roof never spent much time reading The Occidental Observer. If he had, he’d have had some idea about why Jews do what they do.” “On Dylann Roof’s ‘Manifesto’” by Hadding Scott; The Occidental Observer, June 22, 2015, here. See, among many examples, “The Mesira Mentality: Laws are Made to Be Broken” by Kevin MacDonald, The Occidental Observer, September 8, 2011, here, as well as, more generally, his “Culture of Critique” series: A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism As a Group Evolutionary Strategy, With Diaspora Peoples (Praeger 1994) ; Separation and Its Discontents Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (Praeger 1998); The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Praeger 1998) (Preface online here; Kindle edition 2013) and Understanding Jewish Influence: A Study in Ethnic Activism, with an Introduction by Samuel T. Francis (Occidental Quarterly November, 2004); the series is described here.

27. “In reality, Mexico’s white-Indian racial blending is far less complete than Mexico’s political orthodoxy would make it appear. What Mexico does have instead of a color line is a ‘color continuum.’ There are no sharp racial divides, yet the rule for social prestige remains ‘the whiter the better.’ For example, the stars of Mexican television are almost completely European. In fact, the actresses on Mexican “telenovelas” tend to be blonder than the ones on American soap operas.” Steve Sailer, “Where Did Mexico’s Blacks Go?” May 30, 2009, here.

28. Again, Steve Sailer: “Mexico’s elites are much whiter looking than its working class. At 6’5″ tall, President Vicente Fox stands roughly a head taller than the average Mexican man. Fox’s paternal grandfather was an Irish-American born in Cincinnati,” Op. cit. “Nonetheless, the Mexican elite tends to look strikingly European. In Tim Burton’s affectionate biopic Ed Wood about the worst movie director in history, our hero Ed runs into his hero Orson Welles. The great man complains that in his new film A Touch of Evil, the idiotic studio has cast Charlton Heston as a Mexican! This seemed awfully funny, until I … I saw a photo of Hank Gonzales, former Mayor of Mexico City and billionaire. (His motto: “A politician who is poor is a poor politician”). Damn, if he didn’t look like Chuck Heston’s brother. And everyone else looks pure Spanish.” “Importing Mexico’s Worsening Racial Inequality,” VDare, May 12, 2000, here.

29. “As Kent Brockman would say, “I for one welcome our new Asian American overlords.” “Soon Asian Americans Will Be The Richest In All The Land” by Ester Bloom,, March 4, 2015, here.

30. Roof appears to accept the official view that World War Two was “the Good War” and that “war for the jews” are only a current phenomenon. Reviewing The Monuments Men, Trevor Lynch describes the last scene, in which “after the war, Clooney interrogates the weedy SS pyromaniac, who also ran ‘one of those camps’ for lulz in his spare time. Clooney paints a beatific vision of his return to New York where he can buy a toasted onion bagel from Moe Dalitz or Hyman Diamond or some other stereotypically Jewish deli owner and read in the New York Times about this German’s execution for war crimes. It is a perfect image of a smug WASP airhead who thinks he runs America and is magnanimously sticking up for the ‘poor Jews,’ paying them all the while to poison his body and his mind. One wonders if Clooney himself actually thinks this way, or if he is just playing dumb and sucking up to America’s real rulers.” Like many “conservatives,” Roof seems to identify his own more or less recent past with the point where “things went wrong.” Needless to say, the view that America was a force for good right up until Vietnam has been contested on both the Left and Right. For another view, see M. S. King: The Bad War: The Truth NEVER Taught About World War II (CreateSpace, 2015).

33. American History X (Tony Kaye, 1998). IMDB here; Wikipedia here

32. The quotation is from the 2011 Japanese film, Himizu, directed by Shion Sono. IMDb page here, and Wikipedia entry here: (Howard Campbell III).

33. The “Racist Skinhead Project” of the ADL has an entry for North Carolina but none for South Carolina. For skinheads generally, an article called “What Racist Skinheads in Prison Think About Dylann Roof” by Seth Ferranti (, June 19, 2015, here) delivers only this quote: “‘Dylann will be my next tattoo,’ a skinhead doing time in the feds for a gun charge told VICE after watching the news of the church shootings.”

34. “In light of Wednesday’s massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, it has been confirmed by the Southern Poverty Law Center that in addition to two factions of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), South Carolina houses 17 known and legal hate groups.” AOL News, June 18th, 2015, here. In 1999, the city council of Charleston, South Carolina passed a resolution declaring the Klan to be a terrorist organization: “Klan named terrorist organization in Charleston,” Reuters, October 14, 1999, here.


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  1. Henrik
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what to make of the manifesto.

    It’s lucid, precocious and reveals that Roof is able to make connections between ideas and consequences. Still, it appears he could not foresee that his murder spree would cause great harm to white nationalism.

    KMac: “The deluge of media coverage and White guilt induction will cause even many who are now on board with the need to assert White identity and White interests to feel less confident about their beliefs. ”

    I assume that Roof believed he could precipitate a race war with his assault. This a totally unbalanced estimation of his own abilities within the current climate, racially charged as it is.

    Or maybe it’s an inside job/false flag/Illuminati/Bilderberger conspiracy.

    I can understand the appeal of this type of thinking when I try to unpack people like Roof and McVeigh. Intelligent people can handle abstract thinking but are helpless to understand practical means and ends. This problem seems to afflict a minority of intelligent white males.

    • Jaego
      Posted June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes, as human beings we are like icebergs: much of what we think and feel is beneath level of consciousness. And if that is true of individual, it is at least as true for societies. We can and must outwardly condemn his actions, but we must not distance ourselves from this young man lest we distance ourselves from the deeper levels of our collective being.

  2. anon
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    In regards to the refrain “nation of immigrants”, Samuel P Huntington made a distinction between “settlers” and “immigrants”. America, Australia, New Zealand, etc are nations of settlers, not immigrants.

    “…[Huntington points out that] the U.S. is not “a nation of immigrants.” It is a nation that was founded by settlers—who are very different from immigrants in that they establish a new polity rather than arrive in an existing one—and that has been occupied since by the descendants of those settlers and of immigrants who came later but who assimilated into the American nation. Americans therefore are under no moral obligation to accept anyone who wishes to immigrate on the spurious grounds that everyone is essentially an immigrant. Americans own America, so to speak, and may admit or refuse entry to outsiders on whatever grounds they think fit.”

    I haven’t read “Who are we”, but from its review it sounds like a good book.

  3. Posted June 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    ““White” and lowercase of “jews” and “negores.” ”

    I always capitalize White, I capitalize Jew (as for whatever strong dislike I have for Jewish power, at least Jewish identity and Judaism has a coherent intellectual history that’s cognizant) .

    I never capitalize negro.

    I don’t believe negroes as a group inhabit the same moral, intellectual and cognitive domain as Whites, they certainly as a group don’t inhabit the same intellectual domain as Jews or Asians. Rather they represent an archaic human with a relationship that’s fuzzy but conspicuous to other extant great apes. And capitalizing words like black or negro gives legitimacy to their behavior , violence, amorality, remorselessness and social failure and seeks to frame it within White human terms. I believe that has been a terrible costly mistake that now needs to be undone.

  4. Fynn
    Posted July 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Parts of his “manifesto” show that Dylann Roof was not void of empathy, as one might expect from a sociopath, elderly black parishioners aside. His comment about white females with black males being themselves “victims” of the system crossed my mind when I watched this YouTube video of a Howard Stern interview. Stern was interviewing a 19 yr old white female who was a porn film “actress”. She had gotten into porn at an early age (clearly), had screwed over a 100 men by then and had a black boyfriend BUT what was most offensive to her and really threw her for a loop was when one of Stern’s cohorts made a supposedly racist joke. Her face dropped and she could hardly continue on with the interview, until they made the cohort leave the studio so that they could continue on with the vulgarity.

  5. R_Moreland
    Posted July 4, 2015 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    In August 1978 a Sandinista cadre took the Nicaraguan Congress hostage and used the prisoners as leverage for a series of demands, including publicizing their manifesto over national media. This was before the Internet, you understand. The incident became a symbol of resistance which led to the revolution which brought down the Somozas.

    Of course, much of the left supported the Sandinistas despite (or because of) their willingness to conduct acts of terrorism such as this. And you can look at how the left made icons out of terrorists like Ernesto Guevara and Nelson Mandela, no matter how many civilian deaths they racked up. Why? In part, because they used the terror to push a political message, “propaganda of the deed” and all that sort of thing.

    I suspect that some of the outrage shown by the left over the Charleston Church Shootings is that Mr. Roof used the left’s tactics against them. i.e., it was not about the killing but about his manifesto. And the manifesto is a nicely summed up statement of white nationalism. Not just the ideas (which seem to be gleaned from various race realist websites). It’s the overall narrative.

    Mr. Roof starts off as racially middle of the road; then has his awakening with the Trayvon Martin affair; he dissects various racial groups for their political context; he comes to the conclusion that a small number of whites can gain the ascendancy if they have the will to power; finally he decides to take action. Granted, that action had moral consequences which have been well discussed. There’s even his (alleged) website, The Last Rhodesian with the boyish play photo of a bloody white trooper who has, Isandhlwana style, made his last stand on the back lawn.

    This is the stuff of potentially powerful propaganda. One wonders if Mr. Roof’s image will replace that of “Che’s” on posters and T-shirts? It’s the symbol that counts, and the message behind it.

    If nothing else, Mr. Roof shows that the system is losing its grip over the younger generation of white people. The thing for WN is to channel their energies into politically useful directions.

  6. Fynn
    Posted July 5, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    A movement that can barely scrape enough money together to support its best writers and activists shouldn’t be trying to finance Dylann Roof’s lost cause. After all, he was on camera at the scene, admitted he did it (according to police) and there are witnesses. He won’t, like OJ Simpson, have a jury influenced by peer pressure to acquit – just the opposite. What may save him from the death penalty is if he indicates a desire to defend himself. The system would freak out at the thought of him developing some of the themes in his letter in an open trial. So, they might offer him life in prison to avoid that. Such a strategy would, however, have to be carefully explained ahead of time to the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who would be calling for blood. Another question, will he make it to a trial alive?

  7. Donar van Holland
    Posted July 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Why did the media pick up the banning of the Confederate flag as the answer to the Dylann Roof shooting? Because it is an abstraction, a ghost, like the ‘racism’ it is now so closely associated with. The media do not want to look into any concrete causes for Roofs deeds, because people might start thinking about these issues. It is rather like blaming all the pogroms and uitwijzingen of the Jews on that mysterious ghost ‘anti-semitism’, in order not to look at the role Jews themselves played to deserve such actions against them.

    • WN
      Posted July 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Excellent observation.

      In discussing this with a liberal friend the other day I quoted some basic interracial crime stats and he literally covered his head with his hands, as if I were deeply misguided, perhaps sick, and only he and Rachel Maddow were aware of the real issues involved or privy to the actual facts. And that was the end of that particular “conversation about race.”

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