Dylann Roof’s Conviction Is No Victory Because America Is On His Side
I am torn as to how to classify this statement. Fake News? Or an “alternative fact”?
Let’s refer to the the General Social Survey. Every few years, they ask a load of questions of Americans, many which can be used to extract information about how many actual racists still remain. Here’s as good a question as any, this result being asked not nationally, but of SOUTHERN residents only:
So, let’s see. That means that 97% of White Southerners, as of 2010, most of whom are Republicans, would have been more than happy to have voted for Condi Rice, Ben Carson, or Herman Cain for president, had they been nominated.
Despite this, the author of this otherwise interesting article appears to believe that Roof has popular support from a somewhat larger percentage of white people than the above 3% suggests. Like 100% of them. That’s quite a leap, one that demands data, not emotion.
I would certain not disagree with the assertion that more than the 3% number engage in some racist behavior from time to time; people often act in learned patterns, and sometimes those patterns contain racial overtones.
But that’s an entirely different discussion. Support for Roof’s heinous and evil crime could only come from an overt, unapologetic racist. And from the above, that number is no higher than 3%, assuming that Southerners are more racist than people in other parts of the country (which I doubt, btw, but most people seem to believe that).
Hope that helps.