Does anyone have a link to Dylann Roof's manifesto? The total document? I don't know if what I've found online is the complete document and I want to read the whole thing.
The media has claimed over and over that he had an affinity for the Confederate flag. As far as I can tell, he had three pictures made of himself holding a Confederate stick flag, and one of himself on the hood of his car that had a front tag with flags of the Confederacy on it. In another, he's standing in front of a museum that has Confederate flags around the entrance but he hs not holding any flags, nor are any showing on his clothing. Unless there are many more images, and much more convincing writing in his manifesto, that is not enough to convince me that the flag had any role in motivating him to commit murder.
I've encountered claims online that the images are edited/manipulated, and there certainly appears to be something to that. Moreover, something about the manifesto (at least, what I read; and I don't know if it was the whole document) doesn't ring true. He seems rather luke warm and blase about something that supposedly moved him enough to murder nine people...
It would not surprise me in the least to find that manipulators in the government and elsewhere opportunistically took this tragedy as a way to attack and remove Confederate heritage and memory -- not just the flag -- from America. There's a falseness to the images, too, even if they are not photoshopped. He's always alone in the ones I've seen (except after he was taken into custody). Are all these images selfies? Or was there someone else making the photos, and if so, who?
Unless there is more in the manifesto linking him to the flag in a very fundamental way -- in a way that motivated him -- the one or two sentences I read, and the three or so unreliable images are not enough to establish the flag's link to the motivation for murder. And what that means is that the pushback against the destruction of our heritage needs to continue and grow until it wins.
So if you know of a link where Roof's manifesto can be read in its entirety, please put it in a comment following this post. (what I've read is here: http://gawker.com/here-is-what-appears-to-be-dylann-roofs-racist-manifest-1712767241) If you know of any other evidence or indications that the link between Roof and the flag have been manufactured, please post it -- any analysis of the photos for manipulation, any further information about him from other sources. Anything at all -- let me know.