Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Online Manifesto Apparently Belonging To Charleston Shooting Suspect Details Racial Hatred

The website features dozens of photos of Dylann Roof posing in a former slave plantation, clutching a handgun, and holding the Confederate flag.

Last updated on June 21, 2015, at 4:58 p.m. ET

Posted on June 20, 2015, at 12:26 p.m. ET

A website that appears to belong to Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine people in a Charleston church Wednesday, contains a white supremacist manifesto that details a hatred toward black people, Jews, and Latinos.

"I have no choice," the site reads. "I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country."

lastrhodesian.com

"We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."

Online records show the website was first registered under the name โ€œDylann Roofโ€ in February.

The person who registered the site, lastrhodesian.com, used an address in South Carolina that arrest records show is Roofโ€™s last known residence.

The siteโ€™s metadata also shows that it was last updated on June 17 โ€” the day of the shooting.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Charleston police and FBI officials said they were aware of the website and were "taking steps to verify the authenticity of the postings."

The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012 is described as "the event which truly awakened" the writer of the online manifesto.

The author claims to have researched the case on Wikipedia but not have been able to "understand what the big deal was" because "it was obvious 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 site reads. "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. "

The Council of Conservative Citizens has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?"

Attorney Benjamin L. Crump, the lawyer who represented Martin's family, released a statement on Saturday afternoon, saying the website's comments were "troubling."

"Regardless of how this demented, racist individual attempts to shift the focus of his murderous actions, we will remain steadfast in our defense of the voiceless around this country," Crump said. "They need it now more than ever."

Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, on Sunday added their son had committed no crime when he was killed.

"The Trayvon Martin movement was not created to incite hate or further racial divide, but rather birthed to raise awareness to the social injustices that exist across America with regards to senseless gun violence against our young black and brown boys; the movement also focuses on the growing disparities in the lack of prosecution of the actual perpetrators responsible for our children's death," they said in a statement. "It is very unfortunate that an individual with such a vile mind and clear criminal intent would dare seek to undermine our mission of peace, in an attempt to destroy the legacy of our son, Trayvon Martin."

In a statement Sunday, the Council of Conservative Citizens said that while it condemned Roof's alleged killings, "they do not detract in the slightest from the legitimacy of some of the positions he has expressed."

Ignoring those positions, the council warned, "only increases the anger of people like Dylann Roof. This double standard only makes acts of murderous frustration more likely."

In a passage that stretches across almost 2,500 words, black people are described as "the group that is the biggest problem for Americans."

The author criticizes what he describes as "the historical lies, exaggerations and myths" of slavery in America, and describes segregation as "not a bad thing."

"Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways," the author writes. "Not only did it protect us from having to interact with them, and from being physically harmed by them, but it protected us from being brought down to their level. Integration has done nothing but bring Whites down to level of brute animals."

The writer also laments what he describes as an exodus of white people from American cities to suburbia.

"I hate with a passion the whole idea of the suburbs. To me it represents nothing but scared White people running. Running because they are too weak, scared, and brainwashed to fight. Why should we have to flee the cities we created for the security of the suburbs?

"They tell themselves it is for better schools or simply to live in a nicer neighborhood. But it is honestly just a way to escape [n***ers] and other minorities."

The website's URL address refers to Rhodesia, the former colonial name for Zimbabwe, and the writer makes references to South Africa.

"Speaking of South Africa," the website reads, "if anyone thinks that think will eventually just change for the better, consider how in South Africa they have affirmative action for the black population that makes up 80 percent of the population."

The writer also posits that black people are biologically more prone to violent behavior.

"Anyone who thinks that White and black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional," the site reads. "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."

The website includes many photos of Roof posing throughout a former slave plantation.

He is also pictured smiling outside of the Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville, South Carolina.

In various pictures, Roof is shown waving the Confederate flag.

In other photos, he stands on top of an American flag and proceeds to burn it.

"I hate the sight of the American flag," the site reads. "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."

Roof is shown posing next to the numbers 14 and 88 written in the sand.

lastrhodesian.com

The numbers are used as symbols of the white supremacist movement, with 14 referring to the 14-word slogan, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children." The number 88 refers to "HH" or "Heil Hitler."

Also shown in the sand is an Odal rune symbol which was used by some Nazi and white supremacist South African groups.

The site also includes a graphic image from the 1992 film Romper Stomper, starring Russell Crowe, which centered on a gang of Neo-Nazi youths attacking Asian immigrants in Australia.

The site came to light after Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle researched the domain registration information and posted their findings on Twitter.

.@HenryKrinkIe http://t.co/7JcyWM5juZ

ADVERTISEMENT