Dylann Roof

  • The Anomaly of Dylann Roof

    White-on-black murders rarely result in a death sentence. Roof might be an exception.

  • Charleston and the Amok Syndrome

    by Thomas Fleming

    While there is a connection to the so-called Lost Cause on the surface of Dylann Roof’s disturbed mind, it is not an explanation for the tragedy. The reason for the bloodshed is psychiatric, not racial or political.

  • Bring down the Confederate flag, not memory of Civil War fallen

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    In the wake of the Charleston murders, the campaign against the Confederate flag has morphed into attacks on other historical vestiges of the Confederacy itself. And anyone who cares about history should be alarmed by that.

  • How The South Lost The War But Won The Narrative

    by Tony Horwitz

    Furling the statehouse flag may bring temporary relief to South Carolinians, but what we truly need to bury is the gauzy fiction that the antebellum South was in any way benign, or that slavery and white supremacy weren’t the cornerstone of the Confederacy.

  • Terrorism in Charleston

    by Jelani Cobb

    Beneath this philological fracas lay a truth evident to political speechwriters, eulogists, and news anchors: in times of tragedy, language matters.