Now we know why Dylann Roof killed all those people: he’s a liberal evolutionist from the Middle East. No, really: those are explanations people are throwing around right now.
Here’s Lindsey Graham’s explanation:
“I don’t know how you can sit with somebody for an hour in a church and pray with them and get up and shoot them,” he said. “That’s Mideast hate. That’s something I didn’t think we had here but apparently we do.”
Graham is known for his hawkish foreign policy stance and blunt comments on the Middle East. He made headlines last month when he said at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee dinner that “everything that starts with ‘Al’ in the Middle East is bad news,” referencing the Arabic word for the article “the.” Graham also angered the National Iranian-American Council when he recalled his time working at a bar and said he’d learned there that “the Iranians are liars.”
Very statesmanlike. He’ll make a great president, especially since, given his hawkish fondness for supporting wars in the Middle East, he can now declare the former Confederacy to be a rogue Muslim state and send the tanks rolling south.
Meanwhile, some conservative talk radio host named Kevin Jackson declares him a liberal.
“He’s a Millennial, i.e. very non-racial according to all data,” Jackson said of the admitted killer. “He didn’t grow up in a white-supremacist family. So he’s a product of culture, a culture Liberals own. From the moment he hit school, in his generation, boys are bad. White boys are worse.”
“While he played with all kids of all colors and got along, when the time for playing ended, and it was time to get his ‘higher education,’ he hit the wall of Affirmative Action,” the conservative radio host insisted. “Then, when it’s time to get a job, he gets more Affirmative Action.”
According to Jackson, the shooter was forced to take medication “to deal with his Liberal-created psychosis.”
He’s ‘non-racial’ according to all the data, except for the raging racist manifesto he wrote and his participation in online racist forums.
David Klinghoffer of the Discovery Institute blames everything on evolution, of course. He starts off by admitting that there isn’t any sign of evolutionary thinking in Dylann Roof’s writing, but get ready, here comes creationist logic. Roof was inspired by the Council of Conservative Citizens, and Klinghoffer links to evidence that a former leader of the CCC was a screamingly vicious white supremacist. Given. I think that’s obvious.
Now let’s like Holt to another bad group.
When I read these articles, I noted that the official spokesman for Holt’s group is a person called Jared Taylor, best known for leading another, slightly more polished white nationalist web publication, American Renaissance. These organizations have their different emphases and preoccupations. While the Council of Conservative Citizens is obsessed by “black-on-white” crime, American Renaissance has as one of its specialties science-flavored, notably evolutionary, justifications for racism. In the media coverage I’ve seen, the latter fact has gone unmentioned.
Well, it might have gone unmentioned because Dylann Roof doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with American Renaissance.
But yes, Jared Taylor is an awful person and American Renaissance is a disgraceful rag — they have a fondness for pretending that they have scientific backing for their odious ideas, just like a certain other organization I could name (<cough> begins with “Discovery”, ends with “Institute”) likes to do. This is rather common: the Creation “Museum” likes to dress up their displays with the pretense of practicing True Science™, too.
So basically Klinghoffer has no evidence of a link from Roof to a racist pseudo-scientific organization, and no link between that organization and legitimate evolutionary biology, and therefore Roof was motivated by evolutionary biology.
I think Roof was a straight-up American racist who got his ideas from far-right conservative sources, which means Klinghoffer, Jackson, and Graham are idiots. But we all knew that already.