Meet our suspect in last night’s terrorist attack in Charleston, Dylann Roof of Columbia, SC.
— Berkeley County SC (@BerkeleySCGov) June 18, 2015
A guy with white-rule Rhodesian and apartheid-era South African flags on his jacket, that certainly seems like something you’d pick up at any mall, right?
I’m sure that doesn’t point to his motivations at all.
Here’s a concept: in a state that still flies the Confederacy’s battle flag over public buildings, pointing out that there was an organized effort to teach a young white kid about those two lovely countries when he’s the prime suspect in the murder of nine would kind of be a tacit admission that we still have a gigantic problem with race and racism in America. And maybe, just maybe the folks who gave young Dylann here his history lesson on Africa under colonial rule are the same folks who may be helping to hide him now during this manhunt.
Just throwing that out there.
Of course, as I said above that would be a tacit admission that we also have quite the domestic terrorism issue in this country, and that we’ve had such a problem for a very, very long time.[UPDATE] Unconfirmed reports are that Roof has been caught by police in Shelby, NC. That’s in my old neck of the woods in western NC and my parents still live near there. [UPDATE 2] Roof’s capture has been confirmed by police officials in Charleston at a press conference and by AG Loretta Lynch.