Dylann Roof channeled white supremacist doctrine, which has a long history in SC. Two immediate objectives we need to pursue include the indictment, conviction and erradication of the organization and individuals who “radicalized” him. Second, teach the full history of white supremacy in SC and America from Columbus to Locke to today.
D.Roof: “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.
Benjamin Pitchfork Tillman, one of SC’s most revered political leaders, saw the state’s Black majority, their rising living standard, education and political empowerment as major obstacles to white supremacy. In the statehouse in Columbia, he gave his charge to the blanched congress, in a 1908 address, “The Negro Problem and Immigration,”
“When I look around and see how many negroes also are not guilty of race suicide, I must confess the cold-blooded fact that the negroes are ahead of us, and unless disease–syphilis, tuberculosis, alcoholism, or something else–shall come along and desolate these people; unless we do get reinforcements, the struggle for mastery as between a majority of negroes and a minority of whites is bound to come.”
What are you going to do?