Special Agent: What about American History X, you ever seen that movie?

Dylann Roof: Yeah, I’ve seen it.

SA: What are your thoughts on that movie?

DR: That’s an okay movie, but it’s got an anti-white ending. The only reason - I think it’s funny because that’s a good movie, you know, but at the end of the movie, the only reason they give for you not to be a skinhead is because it’s bad to go around with so much hate in your heart. That’s literally the reason they give and that’s the only counter reason they have.

SA 2: So in the movie when Edward Norton’s character went to prison and changed his ways and saw that people are, you know, everybody’s kind of the same on the inside no matter what their skin is on the outside, everybody has the same struggles, you just may not - I can’t, I don’t know what a black man’s struggle is just like he really doesn’t know what my struggle is. We all have our own things we go through in life. In that movie, that’s the whole point, so you’re saying the way it turned out when Edward Norton comes out and he now realized he was wrong, you’re saying he should have come out realizing he wasn’t wrong?

DR: [chuckling] Of course.

Wine a bit, you’ll feel better!

This is a photo of some vineyards in the midst of a desert in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. It is a popular wine-making region near Augrabies Falls National Park, where the Orange River supplies accessible water to the surrounding area.

While you might think this area is not suitable for crops, carefully cultivated grapes can actually thrive in semi-arid conditions. Water requirements for wine production are low in comparison to other alcoholic beverages. It takes 240 litres of water, mainly for irrigation, to make one lovely cup of wine. Comparably it takes 500 litres of water to grow one pound of wheat.

So, in the interest of water conservation; drink wine, not beer!


For wine enthusiasts: The area predominantly cultivates white grapes, but some red is also grown. The wine grape varieties grown here are Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Muscadel (both red and white) and Muscat d'Alexandrie.

So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned - my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it. Derek says it’s always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you’d like. ‘We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature"
—  Danny Vinyard’s last words in American History X (1998)