“I don’t like it when people try to read into things, or try to find, or create meaning that isn’t there. I don’t like it when people put so much weight on the things I say. Sometimes, more now than before the incident, I feel that the people I talk to hang on my words as if they were all important or offer some sort of insight into my being. But this isn’t the case; it never is with anyone. For example, I stated before I never used drugs to ‘drown the pain,’ or ‘self medicate.’ I used drugs because they get you high. There is no deeper meaning behind this. There is no deeper meaning behind any of my behavior.”
– Dylann Roof
The resurgence of White Nationalist and Pro-Confederate groups here in the United States has sparked some trending debates and fake outrages from those on the left. So when my Frat brother sent me an article entitled A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof, I considered it to be perfect timing.
Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah gives a detailed backstory on Dylann Roof and the events that led to the June 17, 2015 assassination of nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Her breakdown is so descriptive and jaw-dropping that it’ll feel like you’re reading an excerpt from a Stephen King novel. Some of the information may even have you shaking your head in disbelief at how present our past is.
Click the link below to see what I mean.
Until Next Time…