The various factions can play with words and debate whether or not Dylann Roof is a terrorist or a racist all they want. One-third of the friends on Roof’s Facebook page were black. Does that mean he can’t possibly be a virulent racist? No. Some are arguing he may have thought he was killing Muslims, which is kind of hard to believe when a surviving witness tells us otherwise. There are those who pick and choose a definition and are arguing terrorism is an act aimed at a government. We disagree. Terrorism is also an act aimed at instilling fear in a populace. Take the killing of Christians by the various Islamic groups in the Middle East, for example. Christians in those countries certainly have no say in how the government is run.
Others are claiming Roof chose Emanuel AME for its historical significance. Maybe the facts will bear that out, but we tend to believe he is too ignorant to know much about that very significant history. For the moment, we choose to believe his only criteria for choosing a place to commit his crime was the number of black folks he might find there.
It may be too early and not enough factual information has been released to attribute a particular social or political motivation to Roof’s decision to kill, but there is no doubt this action was intended to cause terror and strife in the community. Based on witness statements it seems his goal may have been to jump start the racial strife those on the other side of the racial divide have failed to foster here in the Charleston area. When it comes to agitators of such racial strife, the color of the perpetrator and the methods vary, but the goal is the same.
Is there racism in Charleston? Sure. You can see a good bit of it on display on the Facebook page of the white guy who was taken into custody shortly after the murders were reported. See the comments under his post about his detention and questioning by police. A lot of racists posting there take exception to his “white privilege”, which was obviously demonstrated by the fact he was eventually cleared of any involvement in the murders and released. The fact that nothing untoward happened to him apparently had nothing to do with the fact he cooperated with authorities at a time when information was sparse and things were extremely hectic and a bit overwhelming for first responders. Nope. White privilege is what did it.
The problem these race agitators of various stripes run into is that folks in the Charleston area are generally able to see the common sense side of things. They choose to come together in mutual condemnation of actions taken by race agitators, particularly when those actions involve the murder of innocents. Anyone watching the coverage of prayer vigils, church services and the scene outside of Emanuel AME has seen the true colors of Charleston - all of them - as they came together in prayer and demonstrated their support for the families of the murdered and the community as a whole. Unanimous revulsion was also demonstrated toward the killer and his actions and whatever motivation drove him to execute innocents in a place of worship. This killer may have sought to divide, but for the most part he failed miserably.
No matter what else he is, Roof, like most mass murderers, is most assuredly a despicable coward. You see, he did not choose to demonstrate his alleged racist beliefs by rolling down Line Street, America Street, the Bridgeview housing project or almost any of those neighborhoods in North Charleston we hear so much about. Roof pointedly avoided those areas we constantly see featured in news reports for violence and death. Why did he avoid them? Because his efforts to kill as many people as possible would almost assuredly have been met with return fire. Instead, this piece of crap chose to enter a church where he knew his victims would most likely be unarmed and unable to successfully resist or put an end to his murderous spree by returning fire and putting him down. This is what these twisted individuals do.
And what do politicians do in the midst of dispensing platitudes about the murders? Well, the President, who is never one to let a crisis go to waste, used this one (like he has with others) to push his gun control agenda. Pastor Thomas Dixon beat him to the bunch on that one, however. Once again the liberals want to use an act where unarmed citizens were murdered by an armed criminal to further their goals of completely disarming the law abiding public. They fail to note that if just one of those fine upstanding individuals in that church was armed we would not facing the horror of nine dead. Nope, makes more sense to use this terrible situation to further the agenda of disarming the decent folks. Our wonderfully ignorant and uninformed President claimed these mass killings do not occur in the rest of the world. He is either not that bright or he doesn’t care about the truth. We choose to believe the latter.
Did anyone bother to tell the “Reverend” Al and the NAACP that the people who identified and turned in his fellow fomenter of racial strifle were white folks? Not that it matters as long this maggot was taken into custody, but it feels only right to point that out since the folks mentioned in the previous sentence spend so much time talking about race in situations where it really does not matter.
To the people of the Lowcountry, you just keep doing what you know is right.