Friday, June 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

[Contrary to the recent Washington Post commentary by Jeremy Borden, Sari Horwitz and Jerry Markon] Dylann Roof [the arrested suspect in Wednesday's shooting deaths of nine people at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church] is not someone who "quietly drifted off track."

Dylann Roof is the product of a Radical White Christian Extremist movement in our country that worships guns and believes that Black lives don't matter. Worse than any "thug," Dylann Roof is a terrorist – a ticking time bomb being fed, day after day, the rally cries of Fox Propaganda and conservative talk radio, reinforcing his misunderstanding of the world, his anger, and his belief that he needs to rise up and kill.

We talk a lot about the sophisticated online recruitment campaigns being waged by ISIS, but we fail to call Fox and conservative talk radio what it is – domestic terrorism propaganda.

Dylann Roof may have pulled the trigger alone, but he certainly isn't the only one responsible for the deaths at the Emanuel AME Church. Every viewer of FOX Propaganda and listener of conservative talk radio is responsible for this. And they should all reflect on their part in these deaths and accept the shame they deserve.

Related Off-site Links:
Charleston Church Shooting: Suspect Dylann Roof Confesses, Says He Sought Race War – Greg Botelho and Ed Payne (CNN, June 19, 2015).
Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable – Charles P. Pierce (Esquire, June 18, 2015).
Let’s Call Charleston Shooting What It Was: A Terrorist Attack – Charles D. Ellison (The Root, June 19, 2015).
The Long List of Murders Committed by White Extremists Since the Oklahoma City Bombing – Ben Mathis-Lilley (Slate, June 19, 2015).
It’s Not About Mental Illness: The Big Lie That Always Follows Mass Shootings by White Males – Arthur Chu (Salon, June 18, 2015).
White Terrorism Is as Old as America – Brit Bennett (The New York Times, June 19, 2015).
Somber Jon Stewart Delivers Scathing Monologue About Charleston Shooting – Taylor Berman (Gawker, June 19, 2015).
"Speechless": Jon Stewart Perfectly Nails the Problem in America No One is Talking About – Aly Semigran (, June 19, 2015).
World Shocked at Enduring Racism, Gun Violence in US – Christopher Bodeen (Yahoo! News, June 19, 2015).
Families of Charleston Shooting Victims to Dylann Roof: "We Forgive You" – Dylan Stableford (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, June 19, 2015).

UPDATES: Dylann Storm Roof Photos and a Manifesto Posted on Website – Frances Robles (The New York Times, June 20, 2015).
Dylann Roof Details White Supremacist Worldview in Shocking Online Manifesto – Daniel Politi (Slate, June 20, 2015).
Heritage of Hate: Dylann Roof, White Supremacy and the Truth About the Confederacy – Tim Wise (, June 20, 2015).
Love and Healing: Charleston Church Reopens – Phillip Lucas (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, June 21, 2015).
White Americans Are the Biggest Terror Threat in the United States – Peter Gelling (World Post, June 24, 2015).

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