Dylann Storm Roof’s massacre of nine African-American congregants of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, including its pastor, Democratic state senator Clementa Pinckney, is not an aberration for a state like South Carolina. Even as South Carolina GOP Governor Nikki Haley shed what can only be termed “crocodile tears” over the terrorist attack on the historical African-American church where Dr. Martin Luther King once preached, the State House’s Confederate flag flew at full staff after the U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the massacre. Roof, who sported a novelty license plate with Confederate flags on his car and flags of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia on his jacket, found himself at home in a state where neo-Confederate racist groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the League of the South find no shortage of members.
Not far from the Confederate flag flying at the State House in Columbia is a statue of 1948 Dixiecrat presidential candidate and long-time segregationist U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. South Carolinians also form the core of the neo-Confederate cause in Washington, DC. When President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, it was Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC), a member of the SCV, who shouted “You lie!” twice from the floor of the House of Representatives. Wilson is but one of many unreconstructed confederates who hail from South Carolina and carry out the cause of the Confederacy and all of its modern-day gimmickry, including support for the small arms manufacturing lobby, in the nation’s capital.
One of the chief support mechanisms for the neo-Confederates is the SCV, which just lost a case at the U.S. Supreme Court that sought to overturn a ban by the state of Texas against Texas license plates bearing the SCV logo and the Confederate flag.
On August 17, 206, WMR exposed the links of the SCV to the Washington power structure: “The most recent filing from 2006 also lists some other interesting players in SCV 305 [Sons of Confederate Veterans Jefferson Davis Camp #305]. They include Thomas Moore, a director. Moore, a graduate of The Citadel in South Carolina and a native South Carolinian, is listed as a consultant for American Business Development Group (A-BDG), a defense lobbying group, and the Washington agent for the Belgian company Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FN), described in his A-BDG resume as ‘the world’s leading manufacturer of military small arms.’ Moore previously served as the director for defense studies at the right-wing Heritage Foundation [South Carolina’s Republican Senator Jim DeMint resigned in 2012 to become the president of the Heritage Foundation] and, from 1992 to 1995, worked as a staffer on the Senate Armed Services Committee where his portfolio mainly included issues dealing with the anti-ballistic missile defense system, the pet project of Donald Rumsfeld who headed the commission that urged a return to Star Wars defense systems. In fact, from 1988 to 1992, Moore served in the Reagan Defense Department where he acted as the Strategic Defense Initiative liaison to the Congress. FN Manufacturing’s U.S. headquarters is located in Columbia, South Carolina.”
The SCV also reportedly has on its organizational rolls a secretive camp named for John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, at which select members of the camp meet during state and national conventions of the SCV.
Our August 17, 2006 report on violent extremists within the SCV continued: “An examination of SCV 305’s articles of incorporation, filed on July 21, 1993 with the District of Columbia, reveals among its original seven directors were, in addition to [Voice of America’s Charles] Goolsby, was Lewis Doherty, listed with the ‘Western Heritage Fund’ located at 107 S. West Street, Suite 180, Alexandria, Virginia. Doherty is also listed, with Goolsby, as one of the three incorporators. Doherty is now a key player with the neo-Nazi National Alliance, headquartered in Hillsboro, West Virginia. It is ironic that Goolsby, who tracks terrorists for the VOA, consorts with the likes of Doherty who represents a violent and terroristic neo-Nazi organization that served as a magnet for Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bomber Timothy McVeigh.”
Dylann Storm Roof may have been the sole perpetrator of the terrorist attack on the Wednesady night prayer meeting at “Mother Emanuel” Church in Charleston, but from Governor Haley and down through the South Carolina congressional delegation, state legislature, and neo-Confederate groups thriving in the state, he had plenty of psychological aiders and abettors. They also bear a high degree of guilt for the mass murder in Charleston as they stand before the court of public opinion.