Thursday, May 26, 2022

Full of Contradictions: Dylann Roof Told Racist Jokes, but Had Black ‘Friends’

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*(Via LA Times) – Already in his young life, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was a study in contradictions.

He lived in this tiny central South Carolina community, which is 90% black, and former classmates said he had many African American friends. But they also said he made racist jokes.

John Mullins, a former high school classmate, said that Roof didn’t seem dangerous but that he would make comments sometimes that were troubling, talking about “Southern pride.”

“It was just jokes he would make, racist jokes,” Mullins said.

But now Roof will face murder and hate-crime charges in Wednesday night’s slaughter of nine African Americans who had gathered for a Bible class inside a historic church in Charleston, 100 miles away. And authorities were scrambling to sketch out a profile of a man who, even in an age of continuous self-advertisement and public sharing, left little trail.

He apparently repeated ninth grade and had recently been arrested for petty crimes, and it’s unclear whether he had a job.

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