The mass shooting at a crowded convenience store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, which killed 10 people and wounded three others, renews strong condemnation of the racist conspiracy known as the "grand replacement theory" after a racist manifesto was adopted and written of the shooter was spotted online.
The theory is popular with white supremacists and is based on the racial untruth that white people are being deliberately replaced by people of color. It's reportedly all over the 180-page manifesto from the suspected gunman, a white 18-year-old who drove hours from his home to carry out the attack, outlining detailed plans for carrying out Saturday's massacre. Those plans revealed that the alleged shooter specifically targeted the supermarket because its neighborhood had a high percentage of black residents. "Buffalo's 14208 zip code has the highest percentage of black people, which is close enough to where I live," reads a line in the manifesto.
The gunman who killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019 is also reportedly mentioned in the manifesto.
A similar racist document was found online at the time, in which the gunman called out "trespassers" and millions of people came. across the border "invited by the state and by corporations to replace white people who couldn't reproduce."
Aside from the Christchurch massacre, fears of a "grand replacement" have fueled numerous mass shootings and other acts of violence against immigrant communities across the United States in recent years, including the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso at a Walmart store. (My colleague Fernanda Echavarri traveled to El Paso shortly after the shooting and detailed the community devastation and America's new normal in a moving episode of the Mother Jones podcast, which you can listen to below.) The theory became particularly popular during Trump, when the far right Media, the President and some Republican congressmen openly propagated the same brutally racist views and warned of a violent "invasion" by immigrants.
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But arguably the most prominent proponent of the theory was Tucker Carlson. In a scathing three-part series examining Carlson's outsized role in fomenting fears of white supremacy, The New York Times recently noted that Carlson has long promoted the false conspiracy theory that the Democrats are carrying out an elaborate mission to "pull out more compliant voters." to win the third world. " " to replace the current electorate and win elections. Carlson has even defended the theory's role in motivating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol building.
Carlson will surely face a new test in the wake of the Buffalo tragedy.
Of course, none of this will trigger significant punishment for the Fox News host. After all, embracing Carlson's white supremacist views is now the bread and butter of the rest of the GOP.