A website registered in February in the name of “Dylan Roof” (with his correct address) has been discovered, containing a white supremacist manifesto and dozens of photographs of Roof posing with guns and Confederate flags, visiting a Confederate soldier’s graveyard and other Confederate landmarks, and drawing white power symbols, neo-Nazi runes and the numbers “1488” in the sand on a South Carolina beach.
“14” refers to the infamous “14 words” coined by white nationalist David Lane, that have become a motto for neo-Nazis and racists throughout America:
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children.”
And “88” refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, with two of them together standing for “Heil Hitler.”
The manifesto is here, but since it’s been publicized you may not be able to get through to the site; it’s apparently a low budget shared server and it’s bogging down badly under the heavy traffic. (Here it is at the Internet Archive.)
In any case, the manifesto is a grotesquely racist screed, filled with hatred toward blacks and Hispanics and obsessed with the very common conservative meme of “black on white crime.”
Roof credits the white supremacist group called the Council of Conservative Citizens with “awakening” him to “black on white crime,” following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. And that’s an interesting parallel to Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, who has also used the CCC website as a source numerous times for his racist blog posts.
The website of the Council of Conservative Citizens is apparently offline today, and that’s probably not just a coincidence.
I was struck by how similar the views in this manifesto are to the racist comments tweeted continuously by Chuck C. Johnson (when he still had a Twitter account) — and sure enough, I got a tweet today containing a screenshot of Chuck posting about the manifesto on Facebook, saying he found it “disturbing, yet engaging.”
I’ll conclude by pointing out that so many conservative pundits and Fox News talking heads were desperately trying to pretend there was some question about whether Roof’s horrible crime was racially motivated; now we know for certain that it was. (Not that there was really much doubt anyway, given his statements at the time.)
The right thing for these people to do now would be to eat some crow and apologize for trying to deny the obvious racism of this alleged killer. But I’m not going to hold my breath.
UPDATE at 6/20/15 3:09:58 pm by Charles Johnson
The New York Times has verified that this website was registered to Dylann Roof at his address in February of this year, and that it was last modified shortly before the shootings:
The website was first registered on Feb. 9 to a Dylann Roof in Eastover, S.C. The next day, the registration information was intentionally masked. The site was discovered by two Twitter users, @henrykrinkle and @EMQuangel, who used a tool to find any domain names registered to Mr. Roof. The registration information was then verified by The New York Times.
The site hosts a cache of photos of Mr. Roof as well as the manifesto. According to web server logs, the manifesto was last modified at 4:44 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, the day of the Charleston shootings. “At the time of writing I am in a great hurry,” it says.