The Terrifying Familiarity of the Buffalo Shooting Suspect’s Extremist Screed

On a Saturday night in Austin, Texas, Ted Nugent open for Donald Trump with a kind of love song: “I love you madly, but I love you even more if you go ahead and just go crazy over the skulls of Democrats and Marxists and communists .” This is hours after an 18-year-old white extremist – in his own words – in Buffalo, New York, walked into a Tops supermarket, in a zip code he allegedly chose because had “the highest percentage of black people, close enough to where I live,” and allegedly shot 13 people, 11 of them Black, 10 of whom are now dead.

Nugent spoke on a stage, pledging what could be seen as an act of “random terrorism” — violent speech that could allegedly lead others to real violence. The accused murderer, Payton Gendron, wrote his belief in a document posted online shortly before live-streaming his alleged massacre, which he hopes will prompt others to commit more murders, or according to the statement. In his words, “revolutionary change” or “civil war”. The two men’s words are unrelated – except that they are both part of a movement that is increasingly embracing the wide open borders between rhetoric and action. That is why, even as the names of the dead demand our grief — Celestine Chaney, Roberta Drury, Andre Mackneil, Katherine Massey, Margus Morrison, Heyward Patterson, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Ruth Whitfield and Pearl Young — the alleged killer’s statement demands our attention. Not a platform – our strategic oversight. The case of ignoring such “edge” hate is no longer there, but it has turned to the center.

Liberals were quick to connect the manifesto with Tucker Carlson—Actually, the alleged killer mentioned no one. The link is “great substitution theory,” the idea that “elite” are replacing white Americans with non-whites. It’s a racist conspiracy theory supported by Gendron, promoted by Carlson, and, according to one survey, supported by a third of Americans. The genealogy of fascism is important— “alternative theory” came to us from a 1973 racist French novel, Camp of the Saints, commemorated by Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller—But by only looking for individual lines of influence, we miss the more dangerous motion that gives rise to all of them. Did Gendron watch Carlson? We do not know. Does he have to do it to find an alternative theory? Nothing. Now it’s everywhere.

Gendron borrows “great alternative” from ‘s 2019 manifesto Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people and wounded 40 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Gendron titled his 180-page reference “You wait for the signal while your people wait for you”—a call to action—after the partial title in Tarrant’s “The Great Alternative.” . He enhances both the format and the bulk of “The Great Alternative,” a process that’s not so much plagiarism as homage and hype. Not for the alleged killer himself, but for the potential killer in you, reader.

That’s what such manifestos do: They’re supposed to be confessions of true crime, but they’re more like chain letters. In answer to the self-posed question “Are you/are you affiliated with any other party/liberty fighter/nationalist soldier?” Gendron repeated Tarrant’s list of five inspirations and added five others, including Patrick Crusius, who allegedly also inspired Tarrant, accused of killing 23 and wounding 23 people in an El Paso Walmart in 2019. (Crusius has not yet appeared in court.) Tarrant’s was the first name on Gendron’s list, as he imagined – perhaps correctly – that he would be added to someone else’s name.

Both Tarrant and Gendron quote Anders Breivik, white supremacist terrorist who in 2011 killed 77 and wounded 319 in and around Oslo. Like Breivik (whose name Gendron wrote on his AR-15), Gendron borrows the word Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, who over 17 years killed 3 people and wounded 23 because of a kind of eco-fascism sometimes mistaken for a form of leftism. Kaczynski is not leftist. A leftist, he writes in the passage Gendron despises, “hating anything with an image of strength, power, and success,” including “white men” and “rationality.” . After each such horror, there is much discussion about the mental health of the alleged killer, but in an important and gruesome sense, they are more deeply connected to reality than those who consider it to be. they are like freaks. They believe their crimes are “reasonable”, in that they are capable of leading others to join their cause; and they are right. There’s a line from Kaczynski to Tarrant’s “green nationalism” — his vision of a white paradise — to Gendron, a fan Jon Krakauer‘S Into the wild who said he fell into the extreme rabbit hole through online forums for outdoor enthusiasts and firearms enthusiasts.

However, there is still a difference. Kaczynski doesn’t focus on race; Tarrant barely mentions the Jews, whom Gendron believes the “real war” must ultimately be fought. But if the enemy can be changed, the hatred will remain the same. White supremacy is a universal negation, essentially a denial of man. Tarrant, in 2019, has nothing to do with transgender or critical race theory. Just three years later, Gendron, switching channels at this point, calls them part of a great alternative conspiracy. Gendron, in copying Tarrant’s self-interview format, seems to simply transfer Muslims, Tarrant’s obsession, to Blacks. Tarrant called the Muslims “invaders”; Gendron, according to Tarrant’s title, uses the term “substitute”. He considers Negroes to be henchmen of the Jews – which he apparently doesn’t know, is an old motif of American hatred. The Jews in this account are secret masterminds who, according to memes he gathered, control not only the usual suspects in finance and the media, but also the NAACP and the Black movement. Lives Matter. Both men were concerned about fertility. These men, strictly speaking, are not incels; they are proud of Selection not pursuing families so they can fight a racial war on behalf of white children. Both end with stock photos of beautiful white girls or mothers, whom they want to revere, even if women’s only role in their struggles seems to be incubators. . The Terrifying Familiarity of the Buffalo Shooting Suspect’s Extremist Screed

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