By Diane Wahto on June 23, 2015
That 21-year old Dylann Roof, the man who shot nine people in the Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is a hate-driven man with an unjustified superiority complex cannot be denied. Yet, when I first saw him on the news as he was being taken to jail, I thought he was still a child. He looks unformed, as teenagers often look before they gain the maturity of adulthood. However, within that youthful countenance lives an age-old evil that is rekindled with every new generation and every new set of victims.
Since I’m not a psychologist, I can’t say what impels a person like Roof to go so far off the rails of humanity. I do know that he is not alone in his desire to obliterate those who are not like him. Roof hates Jews, Latinos, and Asians, but his greatest enmity is directed toward black people, people he grew up with, attended school with, and partied with on occasion.