quote: If the Charleston tragedy proves anything, it’s that the classic ideologies of white nationalism are alive and well, even though the traditional vessels used to deliver them have seen better days. The internet offers a means by which to drink from the well of hate without engaging in the social and legal risks that come with being a registered, card-carrying member.
According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, Roof is evidence of someone who cross-pollinated with these subcultures. “He didn’t have to join the KKK,” Levin said. “There was enough out there on the internet for him to put together his own belief system … Dylann Roof represents white supremacists, and the language and symbols of his world were taken out of the varieties of that ecosystem. The ‘14 words’ of the Nazis referred to in his manifesto, the Rhodesian and Confederate flags … In some ways, he was actually more in line with what you see if he had been in a group in the first place; he didn’t deviate that much from what you’d hear from a Nazi, skinhead, or member of the KKK.”