Dylann Roof — a sadly undereducated and misguided young man — claims to have been made “racially aware” ever since closely examining the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy. (Regardless of one’s feelings about that tragedy, it went through the system and the outcome should have no bearing on whether or not one sees all Black men as the enemy.) Because “truth does not suffer from close examination,” one might think that such a saying cannot be true if such “close examination” brought Dylann Roof to his tragic conclusions. However, what Dylann did was to search out websites that “reported” on what he was looking for — Black on White crime — and he found plenty of ammo to support his already-decided-upon conclusions. Had Dylann searched for White on Black crime, or White on Black hatred, he would have found the same thing, just from the other side. And if he had searched for acts of hatred against Jews, we know what he would have found.
Dylann wrote in his manifesto. “I can say today that I am completely racially aware.” Dylann is only 21. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to become “completely racially aware,” and I am just about certain that in order to progress both in this life and the next, we must become “humanly aware.” We must see each person as a member of our human
family, if indeed we ever allude to God as our Father. Sometimes it is the person who claims his way of looking at something is from God — perhaps supported by some passage in the Bible or some other “holy” book to justify his stand — who then casts his different-colored brother or sister into the role of enemy or worse.
As Dylann explained further in his manifesto, “Anyone who thinks that White and black [he always used upper case for White, and lower case for Black] people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains
be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe.”
Perhaps Dylann could have researched Black people who’ve donated organs to White people, or donated blood to them, to see that they all worked out just fine. (I would imagine, however, that Dylann himself might prefer to die rather than receive a transplant or transfusion from a Black person.) And whether or not anyone could tell a “Black”
brain from a “White” brain, the point about brains is that they must be used; and depending on the input they get, the frequency of the input, and the proper usage of that input, the owner of the brain will be sharper (smarter) or duller than his friends or neighbors. I feel sure that he never researched geniuses who were (or are) Black, or the
percentage of Whites who somehow never got around to using their brains to upstep their own I.Q.s.
It is my belief that if one gives the subject sufficient thought, no one would choose to mate with someone, Black or White, who would pass on all the most undesirable traits to their offspring. “Love” (or even lust) may be one thing, but creating a child should never be an “accident” with a person who exhibits all the traits you would never
want to see in any person, especially one of your own children. It would be unkind to any would-be child and to the human race in general, to perpetuate traits that would “water down” the progressing human race instead of upstepping it. (Sad to say, Dylann, you are one of those people with undesirable traits. Your education can be
improved, but your unbridled hate and rage would be the worst thing to pass on to another human being.)
Whether or not, as a group, there are more smart White people than smart Black people is really not an important issue, unless that’s your research project. But if we needed kindness — a cup of water, a bite to eat, a friendly smile on a bad day — it is the person who offers it to us who is of more value than the person who graduated at the top of his class, no matter that person’s color. Friends do not give you an I.Q. test before allowing you to be their friend. And logic tells us that God does not play favorites, so getting smarter to win his favor, or believing you’ve got a foot up because you’re White, is not the ticket. Really, do I have to say this: Who wants a God that can be persuaded by your I.Q, or who judges you by the color of your skin?
I cannot possibly comment on everything Dylann wrote, but I can certainly say that even if he had logical or true comments to share — which is what he was apparently going for — the way he went about it and the way he expressed himself were both enough to discount his entire manifesto. No one wants to have his whole family attacked for the one or two things that he might have done wrong. No one wants to hear about an entire race that must be killed off to appease those who are offended by that race in whatever way. And if killing off random members of that “offending” race seemed to be a “good” thing for Dylann to do, according to his own misbegotten thoughts and conclusions, then no doubt he is hoping that others will take up the torch. That is how we carry on and hand down the race problems from person to person, generation to generation: parading the my-way-of-seeing-it-is-the-
Dylann wanted to make sure everyone knew why “negroes” were not worthy human beings. In his words, “Negroes have lower Iqs [he meant I.Q.s], lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals [yes, he wrote ‘generals’]. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior.” I guess that, in his view, White men (although he’s hardly a man) who kill Black people (whoever they might be) for the reasons he put forth, are not exhibiting violent behavior. Therefore, his behavior must have come from some other recipe. Dylann, I might
assume from his manifesto, really wanted to do something he felt was necessary to do, as have others who were equally passionate. He chose a devastating way to express his misguided passion.
How very sad it must be for his parents, who did not raise him in that kind of mental or physical environment, according to his own words.
Although parents will happily feel a sense of pride at their child’s accomplishments, do they really have to take the rap for their child going astray?
Dylann is not the first and will not be the last person to write up a manifesto of what is wrong with our society and why he felt he must do something about it. He’s not the first to notice the ongoing race issue; or the disparity in schools, neighborhoods, and how groups of people treat other groups of people. He is not the only one to bring
up the issue of how people perhaps robotically view their country: their nationalism, their veterans, their flag. And at his age, being a rebel is as common as apple pie; usually, however, society might only have to deal with their strange haircuts, hair colors, outfits, and music, and maybe growing some forbidden plants in their closet.
Dylann ended his manifesto by saying, “Unfortunately at the time of writing I am in a great hurry and some of my best thoughts, actually many of them have been to be left out and lost forever. But I believe enough great White minds are out there already.
Please forgive any typos, I didnt have time to check it.” No society can ever be ready for what Dylann did in Charleston. And Dylann may never understand the forgiveness of those he left in his wake.
Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at email@example.com.