What appears to be a manifesto left by Charleston shooter Dylann Roof has been found online.
— Emma Quangel (@EMQuangel) June 20, 2015
In addition to text, the website contains a zip file containing photos showing Dylann with various forms of white supremacy symbols.
If you had any doubts as to whether Dylann knew of the historical significance of Charleston, South Carolina, and the church in which he chose to commit his heinous act, according to the text, he absolutely did.
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.
Roof’s text also reveals that the Trayvon Martin case is what triggered his racist thinking.
“The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case,” it reads. “It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day.”
The document goes on to detail Dylann’s racist beliefs against black people, while also discussing Jewish, Hispanic and East Asian people.
You can read his entire manifesto here.