Images found with the screed show suspected Charleston church shooter posing with the Confederate flag and symbols of white supremacy
A racist manifesto and a collection of photos suspected to have been written and posted by alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Storm was discovered online.
The white man who faces nine counts of murder for allegedly opening fire in a historically African-American church in South Carolina on Wednesday apparently left a screed of his racist beliefs – and dozens of photos of himself posing with the Confederate flag and symbols tied to white supremacist groups.
In one image, the suspected gunman is posed on the beach wearing the same clothes he is seen wearing on surveillance footage as he entered the church on Wednesday. It is unclear if this image was taken the same day as the shooting, but if so, it would show that Roof took time to visit the beach, inscribe the racist symbol 1488 in the sand and photograph himself before allegedly traveling to Charleston.
The symbol 1488 is a number adopted by white supremacists, according to online sites that have also posted the number. The “88” refers to H, the eighth letter of the alphabet and is a symbol for “Heil Hitler.” The “14” refers to this Nazi party mantra: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
On Saturday morning, two Twitter users – Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle – found what is believed to be the 21-year-old’s website, titled “The Last Rhodesian.” That name is a reference to an unrecognized state in Africa, in a region that is now Zimbabwe, during the 1960s and ’70s that was controlled by a white minority.
White supremacists have idealized this era and the Rhodesian flag has been used as a racist symbol.
The rambling text says that the event that “truly awakened” its author was the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. It describes what appears to be Roof’s racist ideology and motivations for allegedly killing nine African-Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Along with the racist diatribe, the website contains a downloadable .zip file of 60 disturbing photographs.
Many of these pictures show Roof with neo-Nazi or Confederate iconography. One picture shows the suspected killer burning an American flag.
Here are some excerpts from the text, which includes sections on blacks, Jews, Hispanics, East Asians and Patriotism:
On African-Americans: “Say you were to witness a dog being beat 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.”
On Jews: “Unlike many White naitonalists [sic], I am of the opinion that the majority of American and European jews are White. In my opinion the issues with jews is not their blood, but their identity.”
On Hispanics: “Hispanics are obviously a huge problem for Americans. But there are good hispanics and bad hispanics.”
On Asians: I have great respect [sic] 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.
On the United States: “I hate the sight of the American flag. Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke. People pretending like they have something to be proud of while White people are being murdered daily in the streets.”
On Charleston: “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, no real KKK, 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.”
SOURCE: Yahoo News – Michael Walsh