Police officers secure the scene after a shooting at TOPS supermarket in Buffalo, New York, U.S. May 14, 2022.
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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 has become more mainstream and its talking points have appeared on Fox News.
A gunman opened fire and killed 10 people at a grocery store 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 that were inspired by a racist theory popular among white supremacists and the far-right.
The “Great Replacement” theory claims that whites are being replaced in their countries by people of color and that it will result in the extinction of the white race.
Following the Buffalo shooting, officials told media outlets they were investigating a manifesto 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 manifesto belonging to the suspect contained racist and antisemitic claims, outlined plans to kill Black people, and repeatedly referenced 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 for the shooting was chosen because it had the highest percentage of Black residents near the gunman’s home, which was located hours away from the crime scene, authorities said.
The manifesto indicated the gunman 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 …read more
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