I think that some profoundly stupid ideas need to be cleared up, here. ABC interviewed Joey Meek, roommate of Charleston terrorist Dylann Roof. Meek gives us this line:
“He never said the n-word, he never made racial slurs, he never targeted a specific black person. He never did any of that so it was just pretty much a shock.”
Meek also said "He wanted segregation... he wanted something big, like Trayvon Martin. He wanted something to spark up the race war again... He said that he thought that blacks, the blacks in general as a race, was bringing down the white race.”
Just as a hint for the wise: Being a racist doesn't mean "saying the n-word," making racial slurs, or targeting a specific person. There seems to be something in the water lately that makes it possible for people to get up and explain how they aren't racist -- apparently because they never use that one word -- even while they're in favor of segregation, or think that the two races just ought to keep away from each other, or wouldn't want someone like that in their community.
But it's also not a particularly hard guess, even from these few moments of listening to Meek, that he didn't see anything particularly wrong with what his roommate was saying. Most people generally don't refer to "the race war" in casual conversation; it's not a phrase that exactly trips off the tongue if you aren't using it pretty often.
Meek also says that Roof wasn't a member of any hate groups. (Something which I'll believe after seeing a police investigation) But he (and per the report, other of Roof's friends as well) also says that Roof had been planning the attack for over six months -- a fact which he didn't bother to mention to anyone until now.
If you're planning a terrorist attack with the knowledge of your friends for six months, and they have a pretty good idea of what you're up to and why, you know what we call that sort of thing?
Well, apart from an ad hoc terrorist organization, someone may want to explain the idea of "accessory before the fact" (SC code of laws, 16-1-40) to Meek and his buddies. Hopefully the FBI will act on that fairly strongly: for all that this is an ad hoc and kind of bumbling-sounding group, it's also a group of like-minded individuals that have carried out at least one multi-fatality terrorist attack. The odds are good that they know more, and about more, and the offer of getting a mere multi-year vacation at federal expense (as opposed to what they're potentially up against under SC's accomplice statute, which would be the chair) may be a good way to get that information out of them -- and get them off the streets for good.
(Incidentally, for those who listen to the video and ask themselves how seriously one could really take a terrorist organization whose members are obviously idiots: seriously enough for them to murder nine people. Contrary to what you may expect, most terrorist organizations actually are run by idiots, just like most crimes are actually committed by idiots. It turns out that people with brains and something useful to do with their lives rarely spend their time trying to murder people as a political statement. The brilliant, cunning master terrorist, or the murderer who sets up an incredibly sophisticated chain of clues, makes for great television but isn't actually the usual case.)