Racism is dead? I know journalism seems to be dying.

Hmm. An article claims that Dylann Roof got $4 million in donations, from a group calling itself “Citizens for White Rights.”

Only thing is, the news story doesn’t bother to link to any of its sources, adds an incorrect apostrophe to “citizens”, and only shows an image they say they were sent by this mysterious and ungoogleable organization that purports to show online transactions, so who knows, maybe it’s all a fake. I hope. In fact, the only source for this story anywhere on the web is this “newswatch33” site, which looks a little dicey.

I’d like to see a little more verification before I believe any of this story.


  1. says

    I doubt he could raise that much money but it certainly would be no surprise if a Roof legal defense fund brought in quite a few bucks. It would take some nerve though.

  2. frog says

    You are less cynical than I.

    When I heard his bail was set at $1 million, I thought, “I bet he has that inside a week.” Or at least the percentage he would need to get the rest from a bailbondsman (though, granted, it’s possible no local bbman would put up the bond).

    When he didn’t put up bond, I kind of wondered if he figures he’s safer in prison. (Whether he would be in peril outside of prison I don’t know, but I’m sure he thinks he would be. He thought that even before he murdered nine people.)

    But maybe the racist goons who would back him with verbal support are unwilling to put their money where their mouths are, to which I say, good.

  3. What a Maroon, oblivious says


    The million dollar bond is for the gun charge only. There’s no bond for the murder charges, so he’s not going free anytime soon. (On my iPhone so I’m not going to try to link, but I googled “Dylann Roof bond ” and found an NPR article.)

  4. rq says

    It’s the support groups on Facebook that make me cringe. Haven’t followed any of them up, since I first saw them popping up via twitter.
    But I wouldn’t be surprised if someone out there is trying to raise some money for him.

  5. LicoriceAllsort says

    Ick, my grandma shares links from this site a lot. There are harmless articles interspersed with a lot of race-baiting bullshit. I can only figure that it’s a pseudo-news site with a business model based on harvesting ad revenue from Facebook shares.

  6. Al Dente says

    backupbob @11

    2.5 Mile Wide Comet Expected to Impact Earth September 15-28, 2015

    That comet must be moving very slowly if it’s going to take two weeks to complete the impact.

  7. numerobis says

    Shoemaker-Levy 9 did that; took more than a week for all the main bits to impact, because it had been torn apart.

    So it’s not 100% bullshit, just almost 100%.

  8. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Googling that “Citizens for White Rights.” resulted in snopes addressing the issue:

    Claim: Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof’s defense fund received more than $4 million in donations from supporters.


    However, this article is nothing but fiction, and its source, Newswatch33, is a fake news site that coincidentally appeared on the scene just after the very similar Newswatch28 fake news site apparently shut down — likely a switch intended to keep its operators one step ahead of Facebook’s clampdown on purveyors of hoaxes.
    Read more at http://m.snopes.com/dylann-roof-donations/#RidtLdT3ohSQhI4L.99

  9. Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD says

    @numerobis #14
    Mind you, the reason Shoemaker-Levy broke up was because Jupiter tends to have strong tidal forces that work like that on comets, our Earth isn’t likely to do that.

    Unless we send out Bruce Willis or whoever with a nuke.