Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Friday, March 15, 2019
New Zealand shooter called Donald Trump 'a symbol of white identity' as he murdered 49 people
At least 49 people have died in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Dozens more were wounded or otherwise injured. And there’s absolutely no doubt about the cause of this sickening event. Because one of the killers livestreamed it to Facebook, while delivering a white-power manifesto about his hatred for “invaders.”
This does not appear to be the act of a “lone gunman,” but a coordinated, planned slaughter staged to catch worshipers at their morning prayers. In addition to the alleged gunman, police have detained at least two others, and reports indicate that one of them was found with a number of explosive devices. Even the awful total so far may not have been close to what was intended in this racist attack.
Let’s be clear. Violent, armed white supremacists are the face of terror around the world. And they are unifying online and offline.
"In a manifesto posted to social media (deliberately not linked), the New Zealand shooter frames his motivations around “replacement”—the same term invoked by the Nazi marchers at Charlottesville that Trump described as 'good people.' The shooter went on to call immigration 'white genocide.' ” --DailyKos