WACO, Texas — In Buffalo, New York an 18-year-old white man is accused of walking into a grocery store and killing 10 people. Police are calling it a hate crime.
Killed by an 18-Year-Old white man for being black.— Nick Bradshaw (@nbradshawtv) May 16, 2022
Roberta Drury, 31
Margus D. Morrison, 52
Andre Mackneil, 53
Geraldine Talley, 62
Celeste Chaney, 65
Heyward Patterson, 68
Katherine Massey, 72
Pearl Young, 77
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A 180-page manifesto surfaced online shortly after the attack and took credit for the violence in the name of white supremacy.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, on Monday, called out what she called a parallel between those beliefs and the behavior of some fellow conservatives.
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 16, 2022
Several believe in the "Great Replacement."
What is the "Great Replacement"?
It's a conspiracy theory that says non-white individuals are being brought into the United States and other Western countries to "replace" white voters.
Of the 6,780 known offenders in 2020:
- 55.1 percent were White
- 21.2 percent were Black or African American
- 15.7 percent were unknown
Numbers from FBI show that hate crime numbers are up that were submitted by 15,138 law enforcement agencies. Of these agencies who submitted incident reports, there were 8,263 hate crime incidents involving 11,129 offenses.
White supremacist and far-right killers have dominated the extremist homicide totals since 2018, Brian Levin told the LA Times, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.
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A new generation of white supremacists is isolated and online, radicalized by internet memes and misinformation.
“White supremacy is the No. 1 domestic terrorism threat in the United States,” according to Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism based in Montgomery, Alabama.
A 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart has been classified as the deadliest anti-Latino attack in modern U.S. history. The shooter believed a "Hispanic invasion of Texas," was the reason for the shooting. 23 people were killed.
Where does this theory come from?
The theory has roots in French nationalism books dating back to the early 1900s, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“The attack in Buffalo is the direct result of white nationalist propaganda, specifically the ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory, being promoted and now mainstreamed by major public figures."— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) May 16, 2022
—Margaret Huang, SPLC president and CEO
The white supremacist movement has a 14-word slogan, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children", according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist group The Order.
Hate crime law results in few convictions in Texas
A widespread question between prosecutors, lawmakers, and others in Texas is 'Why have there been so few successful convictions under the hate crime statute?'
Police officials often lack the training to help build successful hate crime cases. In many cases, the most severe sentences are murder or rape. Prosecutors drop the hate element because there is not any punishment available.