The Google search that launched Dylann Roof’s journey from racist to mass murderer

No one recruited Dylann Roof. His foray into violent white nationalism arose from a single internet search engine query.“The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case,” Roof explained in a journal, referring to the 2012 shooting of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, by a vigilante. 

These words were read aloud to Roof last month, during his trial on 33 federal crimes, in a South Carolina courtroom accented with dark wood paneling. The voice delivering Roof’s innermost thoughts back to him was Brittany Burke, the crime scene investigator who had documented his carnage.On June 17, 2015, Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He sat down and listened to a Bible study, then pulled out a handgun and killed nine attendees.

The spark that ignited his violent fury came to him in a web search after he learned of Martin and the man who shot him, George Zimmerman. Read more.

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  • White people: *says the N word* *uses black face* *promotes harmful stereotypes of oppressed people*
  • White people: Well you know, our U.S. soldiers die for our right of free speech, so I should be able to say and express what I want :)
  • Oppressed people: *steps on/burns American flag to express their displeasure in the factual corruption and institutional racism in America*
  • White people: HOW DARE YOU? That flag represents the lives of soldiers who died for this country and you're basically shitting on them. If you don't like this country or this flag, GTFO! (Southern Whites chime in) We can always go back to the Confederate Flag!