(JTA) – Dylann Roof, the alleged Charleston church gunman, said in a racial manifesto that the Jewish “problem” would be solved “if we could somehow destroy the Jewish identity.”
Roof, 21, who has been charged with killing nine worshipers last week in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in the South Carolina city, published what is believed to be his racial manifesto on a website that is registered in his name. The website and the manifesto came to public attention on Saturday; by Sunday the website was blocked.
The 2,500-word document is rife with racial hatred as well as spelling errors. The website also shows photos of Roof burning a U.S. flag and aiming firearms.
Roof asserts in the manifesto that he was “not raised in a racist home or environment. Living in the South, almost every White person has a small amount of racial awareness, simply because of the numbers of negroes in this part of the country. But it is a superficial awareness.” He said the event that “truly awakened” him was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, in which neighbourhood watch co-ordinator George Zimmerman fatally shot the unarmed black teen.
Roof devotes most of the manifesto to a discussion of blacks, who he calls “the biggest problem for Americans,” and who he says are “stupid and violent.” He discusses segregation – Roof said it “was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure” – as well as slavery, the flight to the suburbs and racial mixing.
Roof calls Jews an “enigma,” adding, “I don’t pretend to understand why jews do what they do.” He said he believes that “the majority of American and European jews are White.” (
“In my opinion the issues with jews is not their blood, but their identity. I think that if we could somehow destroy the jewish identity, then they wouldnt cause much of a problem. The problem is that Jews look White, and in many cases are White, yet they see themselves as minorities. Just like [the N word], most jews are always thinking about the fact that they are jewish,” Roof wrote.
He added: “The other issue is that they network. If we could somehow turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening, because people would be able to see plainly what is going on.”
Roof gives what he calls “an explanation” for the attack he is about to pull off at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Episcopal Church in Charleston: “I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. 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 was arrested in North Carolina on June 18s, the day after the shooting. He is being held on $1 million bond.
(Note: Spelling and capitalization in the quotes are from the source and not corrected.)