A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

For GQ, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for answers to the question: What made Dylann Roof? What creates an American terrorist? She writes, “That Dylann Roof walked into a church and brought such violence into a sanctuary was the detail that most white people I met in South Carolina found so disturbing. That the church was predominantly black and he was white was an aside to them. To harm anyone in a church is something that you just don’t do. Church is the center of one’s moral education and basis for one’s life, they told me. So early one Sunday morning, I woke up and went to a service at the church that Dylann’s father and grandparents attend in Columbia.”

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