The Dirty Business of Hosting Hate Online - 2019-07-11
Speech Online This week, we're looking at the state of free speech on the internet, how we got here, and where we're going.
Sometime in the three years before he murdered nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylan Roof sat down at his computer and typed "black on White crime" into Google. According to Roof's online manifesto, something about the death of Trayvon Martin sparked his curiosity. Roof knew George Zimmerman, who killed Martin, was the real victim, but he wanted statistics to prove what he felt in his gut.
"The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens," Roof wrote. "There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong."