There is another line, about being "young and stupid / Loyal to a fault", that gave me pause. "Loyal to a fault". "Loyal to a fault". Let that sink in. The man who shoot nine unarmed people in Charleston most likely believes he was being 'loyal' to his own faulty ideology.
There can be no excuses. As a friend of mine put it: If you think Dylann Roof was a "lone wolf" - that racism doesn't exist in this country or this was a crime against faith - please, unfollow & block me.
The people who are trying to miscategorize these murders as "against faith" are very much part of the problem rather than the solution. In a word, they are racists, and the worst kind of racists. Pure and simple. They will find any excuse to explain away the "white-on-black" nature of these crimes, while secretly applauding his actions. They will quote statistics for "black-on-white" shootings, and condemn the biased media for not bringing these number up. They are wrong. They are racists. They are loyal to a faulty ideology, preferring to hate their brothers and sisters than to love them.