This video from the USA says about itself:
Dylann Roof’s Burger King Meal Proves A Devastating Point
23 June 2015
“The man accused of gunning down nine people inside a historic black church in South Carolina was “polite” and “quiet” while he was in police custody in North Carolina, according to a police chief who spoke with the Charlotte Observer.
Dylann Roof, 21, was apprehended by Shelby police on Thursday. He has been charged with nine counts of murder in a mass shooting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday.
Police arrested him without incident.
Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Charlotte Observer that when Roof complained he was hungry, cops went to a nearby Burger King and bought the accused mass murderer a meal while he was in custody.”
Read more here.
Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
Let us stay in Charleston, South Carolina, in the USA, where Roof committed his massacre, for a comparison.
On 4 April 2015, in Charleston, African American Walter Scott was stopped by police. Was Walter Scott a suspect of murdering nine people? No, Mr Scott was ‘suspect’ of a malfunctioning brake light of his car. Did police buy Walter Scott a Burger King meal? No, Police Patrolman 1st Class Michael Thomas Slager murdered Walter Scott.
Weeks later, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, racist Dylann Roof said: ‘You rape our women and you’re taking over the country. You have to go.’
And then, Dylann Roof proceeded to murder three men and six women; not one of them had ever harmed him. Not one of them had ever committed rape. These nine people were in South Carolina because their ancestors had been kidnaped from Africa and transported in chains on trans-Atlantic slave ships.
Is Dylann Roof an isolated phenomenon? No. Roof stands in a long tradition of racism and violent crime in South Carolina. A racist and violent heritage which is often not rejected, but honoured in South Carolina today, where Dylann Roof grew up.
Benjamin Tillman (1847-1918) played a big role in South Carolina’s political history. He was proud that he had murdered black people. Like his fellow Confederate flag waver Roof today, Tillman ‘justified’ his crimes by saying that black people (‘black fiends’ according to Tillman) were supposedly rapists. And were supposedly ‘taking over the country’, by having the right to vote. As governor of South Carolina, Tillman abolished African Americans’ voting rights in 1895.
This video from South Carolina says about itself:
Clemson Quotes Tillman at Tillman
8 March 2015
“People from Clemson University read quotes from founding trustee and former governor of South Carolina—racist, white supremacist, murderer, Benjamin Tillman—whose name adorns the University’s Main Building.
In 1962, the Main Building on the campus of Winthrop College in South Carolina was renamed Tillman Hall in the late politician and self-confessed murderer’s honour.
Tillman is not only still honoured at Deep South universities. There is a bronze statue honouring the memory of the late Governor and U.S. Senator Benjamin Ryan Tillman in front of the Statehouse in Columbia. Columbia is the capital of South Carolina; and it is also where Dylann Roof was born and lived.
So, now to millionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Daily Kos blog in the USA wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 09:22 AM PDT
Donald Trump Said Much The Same Thing That Dylann Storm Roof Said Before He Pulled The Trigger
This is what happens when you stoke the fires of racism, bigotry, stupidity, hatred and fear.
“I have to do it,” the gunman was quoted as saying. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” Dylann Storm Roof
“They (Mexico) are not our friend, believe me…The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems…When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.” Donald J Trump
In which way is Trump similar to, and in which way is he different from, Dylann Roof and Benjamin Tillman?
Well, Tillman was a Democrat. Trump is a Republican. In the wake of Barry Goldwater’s and Richard Nixon’s ‘southern strategy‘ for the Republican party, which drove away most southern African Americans (traditionally mainly Republican voters, at least the minority who had any voting rights) and attracted many white southern racists.
Donald Trump has a lot more money than Dylann Roof. And probably also more than Benjamin Tillman, though Tillman was rich.
Donald Trump‘s quote differs from Dylann Roof’s in making Mexicans and other Latin Americans scapegoats of his racism. But Trump’s racist accusations of rape are rather similar to Roof’s and Tillman’s. Tillman supported the 1898 neo-colonial war with Spain; but was against taking over the Spanish colony Puerto Rico because non-white people lived there.
And, of course, contrary to Tillman and Roof, Trump did not kill anyone. However, if Trump would become president of the USA, he would get the power to kill lots of people. Not a comforting idea.
Many political pundits say that is very unlikely that Trump will become president of the USA. However, a recent poll in New Hamphire says that Trump is second of the many Republican candidates. Trump got just three percent less intended votes than Jeb Bush, the vulnerable front runner, who has only 14% of the intended Republican New Hampshire vote.
Also, many political pundits today don’t look whether a candidate is an honest person. Whether a candidate has good ideas. Whether a candidate is racist or not. Not even whether a candidate is good-looking. Or whether his wife is good-looking. They look at how much money a candidate’s campaign has. And Trump does have that money.
From Blue Nation Review in the USA today:
Univision Dumps Trump, Miss USA Pageant Over Remarks On Immigrants
The Donald may largely be considered a joke here in the United States, but across Latin America, especially in Mexico, the sting of Trump’s remarks on Mexican immigrants has left many incensed.
So much so that Univision, a broadcast television network with the largest Spanish-speaking audience in the world, has severed ties with Trump and the Miss USA Pageant, which the Republican presidential candidate partially owns, the Associated Press reports.
Donald Trump to sue Spanish-language TV network for dropping coverage of Miss USA pageant over his comments about Mexicans: here.
Republican candidates split over racist remarks by Donald Trump: here.