Friday, July 23, 2021

Charleston Church Shooter Linked to Racist who Donated Thousands to Republican Presidential Candidates

dylann roof with confed flag
Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday’s Charleston church massacre holds confederate flag in photograph found at website with racist manifesto.

*(Via The Guardian) – The leader of a right wing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum.

Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” – were posted online in his name.

Holt, 62, is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a Missouri-based activist organisation cited by the author of a manifesto-style text that was posted on a website registered in Roof’s name along with photographs of the gunman. The FBI said on Saturday it was investigating the website.

The manifesto’s author, who has been widely reported but not verified as Roof, recounted learning about “brutal black on white murders” from the CofCC website.

“At this moment I realised that something was very wrong,” the manifesto said.

Roof, 21, is charged with the murders of nine black people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday. He is accused of joining a bible study group before opening fire and fleeing.

Read/learn MORE at The Guardian.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Some want to insist this was about religion and not race, but that’s too help “them” save face. I wish we would stop talking about mercy and forgiveness in these situations. It has gotten us no where.

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