After Dylann Roof walked into an African American church in Charleston and opened fire in June, leaving nine people dead, Confederate flags and monuments around the country began to come down because of the shooter’s presumed racial motivations.
However, new reports and analyses are surfacing that suggest the pictures that started the anti-Confederate campaign are not real, but instead are photo-shopped hoaxes meant to create a narrative surrounding the situation.
One of the first images that emerged of Roof was of him crouching and holding a Confederate flag. This was the image that initiated the anti-Confederate firestorm.
Several digital experts now allege, though, that this image is fake, and that Roof is holding something other than a Confederate flag.
Here is the picture that the media re-posted continuously:
Digital experts, however, allege that, when you zoom in on Roof’s hand, something seems off.
“The position of his index finger looks odd to me,” one expert stated. “I experimented with holding a similar object and found I could not get my index finger in the position his is in.”
Not only strange is the way Roof is holding the flag, but also how his hand is both positioned and colored. The index finger sits far to the left in relation to the other fingers, and the underside of the index finger is a different shade of white.
Another expert commented to Fourth Estate that the flag looks brand new, with the packaging creases still present. The expert stated that these creases are very similar to what one would see present in a display advertisement shown online.
Yet another digital expert brought issue with the exposure in the photo. He commented that the lighting that is apparent on Roof’s most-forward facing knee and the left side of his body are not consistent with the exposure on the flag-side, and that if the exposure were the same, the flag would be casting a shadow either to the back or side.
“The depth is all off. Something is off,” he said.
Yet another expert pointed out that the star closest to Roof’s hand appears to be a yellow color, not white.
Have flags been brought down around the country, monuments defaced, and history erased because of a photo-shopped picture?
What is Dylann Roof really holding in this photo?