Seeds: Dylann Roof opened fire in a Charleston Church in June of 2015, killing 9 black parishioners. He was convicted last month of 33 crimes, including hate crimes. He is an admitted white supremacist, famously saying, “I felt like I had to do it. I still feel like I had to do it.”
Core: Today Roof was sentenced to death for his crimes. Throughout the trial Roof had insisted that he was not psychologically unstable, asked for no witnesses, essentially ignored his lawyers, and presented no evidence in his defense.
Skin: Roof’s horrendous acts spurred on a renewed discussion about racism in the southern US. The confederate flag was taken down from the South Carolina statehouse as a result.
Leaves: Roof has asked to appeal the trial, which could lead to a years-long trial, especially if Roof readdresses his mental health as a factor in his crimes (he hinted at it in his final statements).
Food For Thought: What do you think of the death penalty? How do you feel about flying the confederate flag?
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