A trial has begun in Charleston, South Carolina which involved a young man, Dylan Roof, who entered a church while people were praying and shot several of them. Mr. Roof is the product of countless stories, dozens of hate filled speeches, and daily disrespect for black Americans. The prosecution charges that Roof carried out an act with a “cold and hateful heart.” In the view of Dylan Roof, HE was the victim,and was merely seeking “racist retribution for perceived acts agains the white race.”
The sadness of this trial is that Dylan Roof actually believes that HE is the victim. Somehow, his mind has rewritten daily life to emerge with a scenario of whites as the subject of prejudice, and blacks as possessing power and wealth. Such is the world in which millions of white Americans live.