Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dylann Storm Roof, Dylann Roof, Bennett Roof, Charleston Church massacre - Mary Cummins, Los Angeles

June 18, 2015 Dylann Roof went into the Charleston Church, sat for 45 minutes of prayer then opened fire on the parishioners killing nine. Everyone's first reaction was extreme sorrow which turned into a compulsion to understand the motive for such a racist and senseless killing spree.

Dylann Storm Roof was born April 3, 1994 in South Carolina to father Franklin Bennett Storm and Amelia "Amy" Cowles. He had behavioral problems in middle school and had to repeat a grade. He dropped out of school after the ninth grade and never returned. Someone who drops out of school at this age obviously has major problems.

Dylann's father Benn Storm is a contractor. Based on divorce documents he was abusive to both of his wives. He was distant to his children. After his second wife left him there was no one to care about Dylann or his sister Amber. Because of Dylann's social and behavioral issues this had more of a profound effect on Dylann. Left alone he appears to have become depressed and angry. He directed his anger toward black people.

While his manifesto in his website ... UPDATE: Website is now gone. I saved it and had the web archive save a copy as well. Looks like six other people had the same idea.  http://web.archive.org/web/20150620135047/http://lastrhodesian.com/data/documents/rtf88.txt says he wasn't raised in a racist environment I find it hard to believe he could have such strong racist hatred by himself. He states that whites are superior to blacks. I believe this most likely came from his father, relatives, friends. This is as stupid as saying a white piece of paper is superior to a black piece of paper.

While his manifesto gives us a tiny window into his thoughts and feelings it's still very hard to understand all his hatred. For him to go to a church and kill people as they prayed is just too difficult to understand or comprehend. While the relatives of the people who were killed forgave Dylann in court I do not feel forgiveness for this person. Something is very wrong for a young man to feel such racist hatred and then take it out on innocent people praying in a church.

He stated his goal was to cause a civil war. I can only hope his evil act instead opens up a deep conversation into how we can end racism in our country. I was fortunate to grow up in Los Angeles in the 1960's in a melting pot of races, cultures and religions. Only a couple of times did I see racism in elementary school. I saw none in high school. I did see quite a bit in college at USC but it went both ways. I hope we can use this tragedy to end racism in our country so more innocent people will not have to die.

Below is a screen  capture of his website.

The Last Rhodesian, Dylann Roof, racist, murderer, Charleston Church, South Carolina
Below are photos from the above website. They were in a zip file.


Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos
Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos

Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos

Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos

Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos

Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Benn Roof, Amy Cowles, racism, hate, massacre, gun, violence, Charleston Church, Charleston, South Carolina, photos


Dylann Roof, Dylann Storm Roof, Franklin Bennett Roof, Amy, Amber, Paige, charleston church, massacre, racist, gun, violence
I have always been against racism for many reasons. The first is from a very early experience as a young child. My best friend growing up as a little kid was black. I would tell my Nana how great my school friend was. My Nana said I should ask my friend to a sleep over and I did. When she arrived my Nana saw she was black and sent her away. I was so upset crying and did not understand. Another family member said my Nana was racist and racism was wrong. They probably used different words as I was only six. Next day at school I was worried my friend would not want to be my friend any more after my Nana sent her away. She came up to me and said her mom explained it all and we could still be friends. I was relieved. I didn't really understand what racism was until years later. I still don't understand how people can be racist. Try as I might I could never convince my Nana that racism was wrong. She also thought gays were sinners then refused to believe Liberace whom she adored was gay.

The second reason has to do with my Mexican grandmother. My grandmother was born in Mexico in 1899 in the Federal District of Tacubaya. My grandmother raised me here in Los Angeles, California. I thought I was 100% Mexican. I know, blonde hair, white skin, green eyes. I was five and didn't realize that I didn't "look" Mexican even though I was part Mexican. I didn't realize people thought that Mexican means brown skin. When I was about six my Nana told me not to speak Spanish outside of the house. This was my first inkling that Mexicans were not thought to be the best people. To be a Mexican was to be ashamed.

Growing up I heard people say horrible things about Mexicans. They are lazy, alcoholics, criminals, rapists and gang members. None of my relatives were anything like that. I took offense when they said these things to me. Looking white they assumed I must also hate Mexicans and blacks? I heard the most racist things imaginable from college and on from other people about blacks, mexicans, arabs, asians....  I even had one guy from my gym say "we pure whites must stick together. Our race has been muddied by other races." WTH?

Donald Trump announced his run for presidency a few days ago. It his announcement speech he bashed Mexicans! From the mouth of Donald Trump,

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting." "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

While I most certainly would have never voted for Trump his racist remarks about Mexicans make it so I never want to see him speak again. There is no room for racism in the United States. We are a mix of many different cultures, ethnicities, religions, languages.... We left Europe to start our own country here so we could be equal and free or at least that was the goal. Instead we dominated the natives, dominated other races and cultures that moved to America and we had African slaves. In reality we just didn't want to be dominated by British rule. We wanted to be able to be the dominator of others which we did. Racism is still alive and strong in the US. This is why I'm so against racism.


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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