The latest mass shooting of buffaloes is linked to the ‘great replacement’ theory

  • Officials said the attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday was racially motivated.
  • It marked the latest in a wave of attacks that were linked to the “Great Replacement” theory.
  • The theory became more popular and its talking points appeared on Fox News.

A gunman opened fire and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday in what authorities are calling a racially motivated shooting.

It was just the latest in a wave of mass shootings inspired by a racist theory popular among white supremacists and the far right.

The “Great Replacement” theory states that whites are being replaced in their countries by people of color and that this will result in the extinction of the white race.

After the Buffalo shooting, officials told media outlets they were investigating a manifest that belonged to the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York. Gendron was charged with first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty.

The suspect’s manifesto contained racist and anti-Semitic allegations, outlined plans to kill blacks, and repeatedly referred to replacement theory and concerns about the elimination of the white race, a federal official confirmed to The New York Times.

According to the manifesto, the location of the shooting was chosen because it has the highest percentage of black residents near the shooter’s home, located hours away from the crime scene, officials said.

The manifesto indicated that the shooter was inspired by other mass shooters, including Dylann Roof, who killed nine black church members during a Bible study session in South Carolina in 2015, and Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at mosques in New York. Zealand in 2019.

The Christchurch mosque attacks were also inspired by the white supremacist replacement theory, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Tarrant’s manifesto was called “The Great Replacement” and focused on his concern that white European society would be overrun by immigrants from Muslim and African countries. He said this could result in the “complete racial and cultural replacement of the European people”.

Later that year, a gunman shot and killed 23 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Authorities said the suspect, Patrick Crusius, 21, had written a manifesto praising the Christchurch attacker. The manifesto also cited the “Great Replacement” theory and criticized a “Hispanic invasion” of the US.

Two years earlier, in 2017, white supremacists attending the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were captured chanting “You will not replace us” and “The Jews will not replace us.” At the same rally, James Alex Fields Jr., an avowed white supremacist, drove his car into a group of anti-racism protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The “Great Replacement” theory was once limited to white supremacists but has become increasingly popular, according to the ADL.

Replacement theory talking points have been repeatedly shared on Fox News in recent years, particularly from prime-time host Tucker Carlson.

Carlson, one of the most popular voices on the right, argued that Democratic lawmakers are purposefully “importing a new constituency” with “more obedient Third World voters” aimed at “diluting the political power” of Americans.

Fox News said Carlson was not endorsing the “white replacement” theory and was commenting, but his segments were embraced by white supremacists.

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