Dylann Roof At the time of this writing, we probably know more about Roof’s motivations than many other mass shootings in recent memory. Roof apparently left a detailed manifesto on the web which is chilling for its depiction of a radicalized racist preparing to commit a horrible crime.
The question that seems most apparent to me is just how Roof came to his views. He states himself that his family did not harbor similar feelings. He seems to have done a lot of reading on the subject and also taken many views from his observations on the internet and television. I do not claim to be an expert on mental health, nor on the process of radicalization, so I am hoping others will share their more educated thoughts here. Just how does someone arrive at this place and what, if anything, can be done to mitigate the chances of this happening again?