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Dylann Roof: The Nexus Between White Supremacy’ s Anti-Blackness and Islamophobia


By Garibaldi

Prof. Juan Cole posted an article Sunday with the provocative title, European Islamophobic Networks Influenced Roof to Kill in Charleston. Prof. Cole first provides some recent historical context, noting that the Islamophobia Network helped incite the terrorist mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik.  Prof. Cole then cites a paragraph from Roof’s manifesto possibly hinting to the same sort of ideological beliefs as those held by Breivik and co.,

From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries. Again I found myself in disbelief. As an American we are taught to accept living in the melting pot, and black and other minorities have just as much right to be here as we do, since we are all immigrants. But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there. From here I found out about the Jewish problem and other issues facing our race, and I can say today that I am completely racially aware.

The predictable retort from those who will try to disassociate what Dylann Roof believed from their hate-filled ideology will be that he doesn’t mention fascist European politicians such as Geert Wilders by name, nor does he cite Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller specifically the way Breivik did. They may even claim that Roof isn’t referencing the Muslims of Europe at all.

However, those who object would be wrong. Roof was absolutely influenced by Islamophobic conspiracies when he mentions that “the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries…Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there.”

It should be recalled that Roof cited the Council of Conservative Citizens (CoCC) as having particular influence on his murderous anti-Black racism. CoCC heightened his paranoid perception of unfairness and belief that somehow Whites were an oppressed class whose “women were being raped” by Black men who “were taking over.” Language that is very similar to what one hears from the Islamophobia Network about Muslims, especially Muslims in Europe.

In fact, a corollary to CoCC’s horrid anti-Black racism is their virulent Islamophobic hate and conspiracy theories. A simple search for the term “Islam” on the Council of Conservative Citizens’ website brings up articles, including: White supremacist Jared Taylor discussing a future third World War between Europe and “Islam”, claims that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg is censoring criticism of Islam, multiple articles supporting European groups and individuals involved with the anti-Muslim group PEGIDA, promotion of the conspiracy of “Islamization” by Geert Wilders’ PVV party, positively citing Bill Maher for his views on Islam and Muslims, fear of the spread of Islam in US prisons, claims that Jews are supporting the “Islamification” of Europe as “revenge for the Holocaust” (an Islamophobic-anti-Semitic narrative that I discussed in a previous article), pushing the conspiracy about Muslim men raping White women across Europe, targeting the predominantly Black Muslim Islamberg community (a group that was recently the target of a foiled terrorist attack by a White Christian). There are also a number of articles claiming “no one has mistreated Blacks like Muslims,” an attempt to exculpate themselves for their own racist views by projecting onto another religion.

It is therefore not a leap at all to consider that Roof’s expression of deep angst about “what was going on in Europe” was a reference to the Islamophobic language, narratives and conspiracy theories common among the differing currents and trends within the trans-Atlantic Islamophobia Nework.


They lived a life of love and service and while worshiping were killed because of hate.

Roof’s mad manifesto is shorter than Breivik’s 1,500 page screed, yet we can gleam commonalities and some minor distinctions in their beliefs. Both Breivik and Roof see Europe as the home of Whites (their “people”), under “threat” from “outside invasion.” Roof makes no mention of Christian identity whereas Breivik explicitly considers himself part of a Neo-Crusader movement and in fact one of a group of “Templar Knights” (It should be noted here that CoCC’s “statement of principles” asserts that the US is a “Christian country,” that should be made up of “European peoples.”) Roof’s seminal preoccupation was race and seeing everything through the lens of “racial awareness,” while Breivik also focused on other aspects of civilizational identity, specifically Christian heritage.

There’s ample evidence that Roof held deeply anti-Black beliefs for years and he may not have required the influence of the pervasive White supremacist currents of the Islamophobia Network to kill and terrorize in Charleston. In the end he was a racist with a supreme hatred of Blacks and other races, (oddly he admired East Asians and thought of them as allies). Yet it is clear that Roof was further radicalized by his visits to CoCC and there is no doubt that the prominence given on their website to the narratives of the Islamophobia Network influenced and heightened his ideological belief in the oppression of Whites world-wide.

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  • ShunTheRightWhale

    Garlic in meals? Depends… But I like Handkäs mit Musik and Obatzda for sure.
    Bon apptit!

  • Mifeng86

    White Christian terrorists also get burger king hours after being arrested for their heinous crimes..

  • Friend of Bosnia

    If there are people whom I consider as unworthy of living, then only because of their deeds, their intentions. Their lack of respect and empathy. Their cruelty and callousness. Their barbarity and iconoclasm.
    Not because of the color of their skin, their faith, their ethnicity or nationality, or the clothes they wear.

  • Mehdi

    Oh boy

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Forget this implicit link between Islamophobia and Dylann Roof. Press TV has the true hidden string-pullers identified. (And my apologies to Yitzhak Goodman for beating him to this!) Read through the whole article to see what the “political commenter” explains to the faithful readers.

  • Mifeng86

    My reaction to Fred Phelps death;

  • Reynardine

    ‘Scuse. You appear to have ascribed a demographic to me without evidence.

  • Reynardine

    I have a damned good idea.

  • Reynardine


  • Rajano

    I don’t get what these people are trying to accomplish. Protesting a funeral? Do they really think even one person will be more inclined to their point of view after they disrupt an event where people are in mourning? If someone was waving a sign and yelling at the funeral of one of my family members I would be LESS likely to be persuaded to their point of view. Their protest will not only be unproductive but will be more likely Counterproductive.

  • The greenmantle

    and your view on Garlic 😉

  • Nur

    I’m out

  • jkings

    You are basing some of this on stereotypes that are too vague.

    “Remember, people like himself, White, Christian, and ignorant believe
    that most Black people in America are ‘secret Muslims’, regardless of
    the name of the church they attend.”

    Perhaps this came from hearing a lot about people thinking Obama is a secret Muslim? I grew up right here in both white, and multiracial America and at least for my state, I don’t see that going on. As you know Im sure people questioned Obama’s being a Christian because he lied about it. And then later when people saw his strange upbringing, they questioned his belief in Jesus and accused him of being a secret Muslim. The man obviously lied about having anything to do with Jesus Christ, that is just plain fact, perhaps he would tell you know that he has been in power for 6 years and resents the bible. But as far as people relating black people that don’t demonstrate anything to do with Islam (wearing Islamic clothes, speaking verses from the Koran, etc,) to Islam, I don’t see that here in my country (USA). I don’t go down to the south though, there are plenty of dummies down there who watch NASCAR all day and maybe they do what you say they do I don’t know. The issue I have seen time and time again with people being messed up about Black people, is the “ghetto culture”. For example, if you were true to the ghetto culture, and you saw someone break into a car, you would not call the police or even tell the owner of the car. To a person that lives the ghetto culture, a person who reports a crime is a “snitch” and deserves to get beaten or worse. There are plenty of black people who despise the ghetto culture I might add. Pretty sure one of them in the President. Mind you please this is just one example of strife between whites and blacks. Being Muslim is not a race. There are plenty of confused white dorks that cater to Islam.

  • Nur

    This guy killed because he was taught he was ‘chosen’ from his mother’s breast, and grew up in an environment that taught him to fear those who questioned his privilege.

    The murder SELECTED his target in order to carry out a mission, and that was, to start a race war. Remember, people like himself, White, Christian, and ignorant believe that most Black people in America are ‘secret Muslims’, regardless of the name of the church they attend.

    So, Mr. Roof’s actions were actually against both Black people, Muslims, and anyone else who would side against his born and bred ideological values.

    I just want to throw in…Mr. Roof believe he has ‘the right to exist’. This is why never, in humanity should we ever grant someone ‘the right to exist’, because it implies that there are people who don’t have the right to exist. You and I exist because we acknowledge each other, whether it is good or bad. No one has ‘the right to exist’.

  • Yausari

    Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than ‘Jihadists’ in U.S. Since 9/11

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Thanks for the update, depressing as it is.

    The extremist group, the Westboro Baptist Church, no doubt thinks that these murders are some sort of blessed heroic action. One can only imagine the joy they get in watching the families of the victims cry in mourning and despair. I just don’t have the words to express the bitterness that such groups arouse in me.

    All I can say is that we should remember that the WBC is indeed an extremist group, not elected by American Christians to represent them, and that we should remember that as well when discussing the fanatics who were never elected to represent other religions or groups.

  • Rajano

    Very depressingly, I have to agree with you.

  • Dr.S

    This Extremist Group Vows to Picket the Charleston Funerals. Anonymous Vows to Stop Them.

  • Reynardine

    I am definitely an American.

  • Reynardine

    Yes, it does. I can’t imagine life with no garlic.

  • Reynardine

    You know damned well that, in regard to the President, “Muslim” is a dogwhistle for “black”. You know also that the dextrosphere constantly conflates everything it doesn’t like — from ISIL to gay people to scientists to Girl Scouts– as the same thing. This is quite in accord with Dr. Altemeyer’s findings, infra.

  • Reynardine

    I expect it wouldn’t take asking more than three people.

  • Reynardine
  • Reynardine

    I cannot remember whether it was William Shirer or John Toland who related this practice, but it was some source considerably stronger than urban legend. And, in the end, Hitler poisoned Blondi.

  • Rajano

    Thanks Reynardine! It looks fascinating!

    Let me ask you, as we’re passing the time here, how many ordinary people do you think an evil authority would have to order to kill you before he found someone who would, unjustly, out of sheer obedience, just because the authority said to?” Very interesting question. In fact, I would say that the type of person who would be willing to self selects for law enforcement types of positions. Think about the crazy, insane, laws that are on the books wherever you happen to live. How do they get enforced? They get enforced by that very type of person.

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