Three days after 21-year-old Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine black people during a Bible study in a historic Charleston, South Carolina, church, his apparent manifesto detailing a hatred toward black people, Jews, and Latinos appeared online.
On Monday, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Roof has been a regular commenter on The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website.
The SPLC said that it "ran the document's full text through Grammarly, a piece of software with plagiarism detection capabilities."
The group said it found several connections between the manifesto and comments made on the Daily Stormer. Using the usernames provided by the SPLC, AryanBlood1488 and Aryan_Blood_1488, BuzzFeed News compared the comments with Roof's apparent manifesto.
In a Jan. 31, 2015, post about a conflict between the Daily Stormer and another website, Council of Conservative Citizens, AryanBlood1488 defended CofCC using similar language in Roof's apparent manifesto.
Here's the Daily Stormer comment:
I have serious, great respect for the CofCC because they are the ones who woke me up to black on white crime in the beginning. It was the first site I went to the day that changed my life, the day I decided to type in "black on white crime" into Google.
And here's language from Roof's apparent manifesto:
The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right.
But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words "black on White crime" into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong.
On Feb. 1, AryanBlood1488 defended white culture on the Daily Stormer using nearly identity language to Roof's apparent manifesto:
The AryanBlood1488 comment:
The reason some whites feel as if they have no culture, or that their culture is uninteresting, is very simple.
White culture is World Culture, and by that I dont mean that our culture is made up of ones from around the world, I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world.
This makes us feel as if it isnt special, because everyone has adopted it.
For example, forks, doors on hinges, suits, pianos, and other simple things are all part of White Culture, just as chopsticks, sliding doors, kimonos, and the koto, are part of Japanese culture. Most people dont think about this. And they dont appreciate it.
And Roof's apparent manifesto:
Many White people feel as though they dont have a unique culture. The reason for this is that White culture is world culture. I dont mean that our culture is made up of other cultures, I mean that our culture has been adopted by everyone in the world.
This makes us feel as though our culture isnt special or unique.
Say for example that every business man in the world wore a kimono, that every skyscraper was in the shape of a pagoda, that every door was a sliding one, and that everyone ate every meal with chopsticks. This would probably make a Japanese man feel as though he had no unique traditional culture.
On Jan. 20, 2015, AryanBlood1488 criticized the movie American Sniper with language similar to Roof's manifesto:
An excerpt of the Daily Stormer post:
Ive seen this movie, its nothing but stupid mainline conservative shit. For example the quote they show in the trailer, "I love this country and I want to do everything I can to protect it." Protect it from what? The enemy are here not in the Middle East. This movie is shit.
Sorry but I dont have respect for Veterans, they want to act like we owe them something because they are "Protecting our way of life". Yeah, right, our way of life, LOL. Fuck this movie.
And an excerpt from Roof's apparent manifesto:
Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke. People pretending like they have something to be proud while White people are being murdered daily in the streets.
Many veterans believe we owe them something for "protecting our way of life" or "protecting our freedom". But im not sure what way of life they are talking about. How about we protect the White race and stop fighting for the jews.
On Sept. 12, 2014, the account commented about his belief that the majority of European and American Jews are white.
An excerpt from the Daily Stormer post:
The vast majority of European and American Jews are white. I really get sick and tired of reading these absolutely stupid idiotic comments on here saying how Jews have a biological drive to destroy or are a biological parasite, so on and so forth. Its just so stupid.
The Jewish Identity is the problem. If you could destroy their identity and raise them as white, there would be no issue. The problem is that they identify as something "other" but are actually white, and therefore able to infiltrate and subvert.
And an excerpt from Roof's apparent manifesto:
Unlike many White naitonalists [sic], I am of the opinion 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.
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