Dylann Roof Analysis

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For over hundreds of years, we see racism present in our society. The main ethnicities that face racism are Native Americans, Mexican, Asians, and African Americans. African Americans fought for equality and the famous speech called “I have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. is a reminder of Civil Rights movement. In some people’s eyes, minorities are seen with contempt and pity such as Dylann Roof. Dylann Roof, is a 21-year-old White male, who conducted a mass shooting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Double Consciousness allows a person to see society in a dominant culture’s perspective. W.E.B. Dubois’s theory about “Double Consciousness”, is proven in the events of the South Carolina mass shooting, forcing the world to see …show more content…
For instance, Joey Meek asserts, "Dylann wasn 't a serious person; no one took him seriously. But if someone had taken him serious, this all would all have been avoided". Roof told his friends that he planned to shoot the church for six months. Initially, he wanted to shoot College of Charleston to have more impact, but it had more security. He chose Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church because it’s the oldest Black church in the U.S. With his birthday money, Roof bought a .45 caliber, but his friend hid the gun the day before the shooting. His friend hid the gun because he had some level of concern but he returned it. One of his Black friends stated that Roof made racist jokes, he but did not take it seriously until he found out how he really felt. Through his beliefs and action, you can see the level of discrimination he felt about Black people and he wanted segregation. In his stance, he burned down the American flag and stood in front of the Confederate Museum with his gun. Roof’s plan was predisposed where he tweeted his action ahead of time and called his father before entering the church. A church is supposed to be sacred/safe environment where he tarnished that and took advantage of their trust/vulnerability. He was banned from the mall for asking out of the ordinary questions, …show more content…
For example, Felicia Sanders states at live video chat, “We welcomed you Wednesday night in our Bible study with welcome arms. Tywanza Sanders was my son. But Tywanza Sanders was my hero. Tywanza was my hero. May God have mercy on you.” It takes a great deal of empathy to forgive someone, especially witnessing a massacre right before your eyes. Seeing someone killing your family and community in front of you because of their discrimination towards your race is not easy comprehend/accept. Roof was so fixated on his belief that he could not see what he was doing is wrong. He even boasted during his interrogation and showed no remorse for his actions. During the vigil lighting, Jareem Brady said, “We’re not worth the air, they don’t want us to breathe”. Through Brady’s comment, you can see that minorities feel the need to prove themselves and be upstanding citizen. You naturally hold your breath as you read, “they don’t want us to breath”, and feel the level of hatred.African American struggled to get equality and it’s shocking even at this time period there’s discrimination. These stereotypes keep prejudice alive. Minorities are constantly watching their backs and looking at another person’s lens. The only place you truly feel like yourself is when you are with your own race/community. The moment you feel vulnerable and not in your comfort zone, you

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