Dylann Roof, Hate and Extremism

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"You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go.” Those are the words spoken by alleged killer Dylan Roof, according to a cousin of Reverend Pinckney, who spoke to survivors of the attack in Charleston. He reloaded his gun five times, they say. Roof was given a gun recently as a 21st birthday present from his father. There are pictures online of him wearing a jacket with a flag of apartheid-era South Africa and a flag of Rhodesia, later renamed Zimbabwe. He’s also been photographed with a Confederate States of America license plate. He has prior arrests for trespassing and drug possession, and a friend has said he was a heavy user of prescription drugs. We look at Roof’s apparent racism and what it could tell us about the nature of his crime.

Credits

Guest:
Brian Levin - director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino - @proflevin

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal