A domestic terrorist shot and killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York, Saturday. The white gunman intentionally traveled to a predominantly Black neighborhood and sought to kill as many Black people as possible.
Though he claimed to be acting alone, the terrorist’s 180-page white supremacist screed focuses on the conspiracy that white people are being intentionally replaced. Elected Republicans — including House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik (NY) and Matt Gaetz (FL) among others — and Fox News stars (most notoriously, Tucker Carlson) have aggressively pushed the so-called “great replacement theory.” In 2017, the president at the time praised neo-Nazis who chanted “Jews will not replace us” as “very fine people.”
The racist conspiracy theory also inspired domestic terrorist attacks at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018 and against Hispanic shoppers in an El Paso Walmart in 2019, as well as attacks in New Zealand in 2019. The conspiracy is not a fringe belief in the United States.
An AP poll released earlier this month found one in three adults in the U.S. believe an effort is underway “to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains.” The terrorist was wearing military-style clothing and body armor, armed with a high-powered rifle, and was arrested by police, alive.
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