NY Times: “White Supremacists” Didn’t Encourage Dylann Roof’s Shooting Spree
By Hunter Wallace
“WASHINGTON — Federal and local authorities have found that the man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black people in a South Carolina church last month had been in contact with white supremacists online, although it does not appear they encouraged him to carry out the massacre, according to law enforcement officials. …”
The FBI in Quantico are scrutinizing his cell phone and computer. Law enforcement officials appear to have already determined that “white supremacists online” do not appear to have encouraged him to “carry out the massacre” in Charleston. This is hardly surprising given that neither the CofCC, the SPLC, the FBI or other law enforcement agencies had ever heard of Dylann Roof or his website before his television debut. He appears to be a classic case of a self-detonating lone wolf spree killer.
If Dylann Roof communicated with “white supremacists online,” which the FBI seems to believe, he appears to have done so in a purely anonymous fashion using an untraceable pseudonym. No one who was interacting with Roof would have known his real identity. There is no evidence yet that he shared his plot with anyone else online. Instead, law enforcement appears to be shifting its attention toward Roof’s real world associates who earlier reports indicated may have had some advance knowledge of his pending attack:
“A joint state and federal investigation into the activities of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has widened to include other persons of interest, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.
The expanded scope of the investigation now includes people with whom Roof associated in the weeks before the June 17 shootings of nine African-Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the sources said. Roof, 21, of Columbia, is white. …”
Dylann Roof is a rather strange specimen of a “white supremacist.”
Over the past two weeks, we have learned that Roof had dozens of black friends on his Facebook page, that one of his black friends denied he was a “racist,” that he would seamlessly shift between partying with his black friends and going on “white power” rants, that he loved The Oprah Winfrey Show and was fond of watching NASCAR with one of his black friends in his trailer park in Lexington, SC. In his manifesto, Roof condemned blacks for being “stupid and violent,” but proceeded to engage in a heinous act that was both stupid and violent. He posed for photographs on his website in which he brandished weapons like any common black street thug.
We can only speculate about this confused young man’s mental state given that he was prone to violent outbursts and was carrying the drug suboxone when he was arrested in North Carolina. In any case, we are confident that the truth will eventually come out and that the FBI will get to the bottom of the matter now that this media frenzy appears to be over.