Jun 19, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
One of the many tragedies of the Charleston shootings is that it could have possibly been stopped if someone had just spoken up. Friends and family of Dylann Roof are now talking and reporting that Roof talked about wanting to do something to spark up a race war and wanting segregation reinstated. Others have said that he talked about how the black race was bringing the white race down. And yet, they all did nothing because they said they thought he wasn't serious. But what constitutes enough to go to authorities? Would you have turned him in for these statements? What if you believed one of your friends or family members could be plotting something like this? Where's the line between "joking" and making terroristic threats? (A poster here recently said the tv show he'd most like to be on was "Hunting Republicans:Shoot to Kill!" Is that cause for concern or just somebody trying to be humorous?) Personally, I'm not sure those statements by Roof alone would have sent me running to the authorities, especially if we were friends. But if I knew he seemed a little unbalanced and had just bought a gun with birthday money, maybe I would. As John Quinones would say, "What would you do?"