Dylann Roof's "manifesto" has been found online. It is not a particularly interesting or compelling. It is a boilerplate white supremacist talking-point distortions of empirical reality. Dylann Roof took Mein Kampf, itself a horrible and poorly written fictional work, mixed it with materials he accessed online in an exercise in cyber racist self-programming, processed it through a mind and intellect that can only be produced by a subpar and broken school system, and synthesized it all into the mental willpower necessary to commit mass murder against defenseless black people in a Charleston church.
Dylann Roof is not a 21st century "mindweapon" white supremacist Terminator. No, he is just an old landmine or grenade found in a footlocker at an overcrowded Army Navy supply store.
Dylann Roof's manifesto reminds me of the movie Se7en.
Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are detectives who are investigating a series of unbelievably vicious and heinous crimes. Is the killer some great mastermind or the banality of evil? Will the protagonists (and the audience) be disappointed with the great reveal of who the serial killer is, or will they marvel at him or her as a type of anti-hero and compelling personality?
Dylann Roof is not Kevin Spacey in Se7en. Roof is tedious. Tedium combined with white supremacy are still very lethal.
A few questions.
1. What do you think of the ethics involved in sharing Dylann Roof's "manifesto?" Roof craved attention, are those media outlets, websites, and other forums that are circulating his work actually fulfilling his end goal?
2. Dylann Roof had a roommate with whom he shared white supremacist beliefs and plans for violence. Why did said person not call the police? What is going on with America where there is no sense of personal responsibility or shared humanity among large segments of the public? Collective sociopathy?
3. Dylann Roof supposedly had "black" Facebook "friends". Roof also has at least one black neighbor who he told about his plan to attack a local college.
Assuming this true, and that he shared his white supremacist beliefs both online and in person, what does this reveal about the lack of training, preparation, and healthy racial I.Q. that is (apparently not) being imparted to "post-racial", post civil rights era, black and brown youth?
4. Piggybacking with the above question. I have encountered black students that have expounded white supremacist beliefs which are none too different from that of Dylann Roof. When I confronted them about this mess, they said that they "wanted to hear the other side of the story" and that maybe white supremacists "had a point" on some things. What would you tell a non-white student who parroted white supremacist beliefs? Are they salvageable?