America after the massacres: The danger of right-wing extremist terror in the USA
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Washington (AP) - Just a few days ago, US President Donald Trump made a new threat to America: "spinners," who were dragging around beating other people with baseball bats.
The Antifa was meant, Trump said on Twitter, he was considering to have the radical left anti-fascists declared terrorist organization. Not only since the massacres of the weekends in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have my critics argued that the real threat to America comes from another direction: from so-called White Supremacists, and from white right-wing extremists - and that Trump's attitude with his Rhetoric fueled.
The background to the Dayton incident, where a 24-year-old killed nine people in the night to Sunday, is still unclear - the alleged perpetrator was shot dead. The alleged perpetrator in Texas set up a massacre on Saturday that killed more than 20 people in a mall near the Mexican border and then surrendered to the police. About him, Trump said Monday at a White House address: "The Sagittarius of El Paso was consumed by racist hatred."
Sender ABC reported that the 21-year-old White testified during his interrogation that he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible - several are among the victims. The authorities classify El Paso's act as domestic terrorism. The alleged perpetrator is credited with a hateful pamphlet published shortly before the massacre on the Internet. In the script, the author expresses his support for the racist assassin of Christchurch, who attacked two mosques and killed 51 people in New Zealand in March. The text states, "This attack is an answer to the Hispanic invasion of Texas."
That's the language of Donald Trump, who routinely calls the illegal immigration of Latin Americans into the US "invasion" - and equates migrants with criminal gangs. Some criminal immigrants, Trump said in May last year, were "not human. These are animals. "The Republican repeatedly strives for a rhetoric that plays hard on the right edge - for example, when he asks Democrat MPs to return to their supposed home countries.
Trump may stress so much that he is not a racist - many Americans see it differently. In a Quinnipiac University poll published in late July, 51 percent said the president was a racist - 45 percent did not share this opinion. Eighty per cent of black voters certified racism to the president, compared to 55 per cent of Hispanic voters.
Critics accuse Trump, for too long not to have positioned against white right-wing extremism or downplayed this. Again and again, Trump stresses the danger posed by Islamist terrorism. The New York Times commented that if the recent massacres were perpetrated by Muslim extremists, the state would use all its might against its networks and supporters. "The world, and especially the West, has a serious problem with white nationalist terrorists who have been ignored or excused for far too long."
At least Trump did not think so. Following the March attack in New Zealand, a journalist asked the president if white nationalists were a growing problem in the world. Trump said no. "I think it's a small group of people who have very, very serious problems," he said.
After all, Trump finds clear words in his address to the nation on Monday: "With one voice our nation must condemn racism, fanaticism and white right-wing extremism. These dark ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America, "he said. A consequence of this: Trump wants to have perpetrators of hate crimes in the form of mass murder quickly executed in the future, on Monday he announced a corresponding legislative initiative.
The New York Times listed at least eight cases in the US since 2017 after the recent massacres, in which shooters with a supposedly extreme right-wing background murdered people. "White extremist aggressors have opened the fire in schools, in synagogues and in shops," the paper wrote.
These perpetrators are not aware that they were organized. Regardless, the anti-racism organization Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sees US right-wing extremism on the rise in recent years. The ADL writes that "white supremacists" believe that white people are in danger of dying out - they believe that this is controlled by Jews. They believed "that almost all the deeds that help to" save "the white race are justified".
The civil rights organization SLPC registered 1,020 "hate groups" in the US last year - SLPC defines these groups as those who reject other people on the basis of ethnicity or sexual orientation. Among them are neo-Nazis, white nationalists, racist skinheads or even the notorious Ku Klux Klan. In 2017, 954 such groups were still on the SLPC list, compared to 917 the year before.
The online forum 8Chan has now become a target - there the pamphlet was published, which is attributed to the alleged perpetrator of El Paso. Founder Fredrick Brennan continued 8Chan (the "8" stands for the symbol of infinity) in 2013 as a remake of the previously equally unbridled online forum 4Chan, which at the time was beginning to put limits on content. He envisioned a platform where any - legal - views would be welcome, no matter how "toxic" they are, Brennan told The New York Times.
In the end, 8Chan became the reservoir for views banished from other platforms: hatred, agitation, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia. Brennan gave up control of 8Chan in 2015 and distanced himself from it. "Close the site. It does not bode well for the world, "he said.
Meanwhile 8Chan is operated by the American Jim Watkins from the Philippines. He himself is not a supporter of the thesis of the superiority of the white race, said Watkins 2016 website "Splinter". But he also has no problem with these people being present at 8Chan. "They have reasons for their beliefs. I do not have to justify those beliefs. "
Trump is now defending himself against the criticism of his person with his usual tactics: Attack is the best defense. He gave the Fake News media a sense of responsibility for "the anger and anger" in the country - the media critical of him and his politics. Especially perfidious: The president - who is strictly against restricting the right to possess weapons - spoke on Twitter for tighter background checks on people who buy weapons. But he also brought into play, a corresponding law with a reform of the migration laws to link.
The Sheriff of El Paso, Richard Wiles, made no secret of his bitterness after the bloody deed. "El Paso will never be the same place again because a racist has come to our city to try to enforce his opinion," he wrote on Facebook. "It is time to stand up and hold our Members to account at all levels. I want MPs who oppose racism. »
Watkins at "Splinter"
Brennan in The New York Times
Comment in the "New York Times"
ABC for questioning
Statistics of the "New York Times"
Trump tweet to the Antifa
Trump tweet to media
Trump tweet on migration reform
Tweet by Ivanka Trump
SLPC to Hate Groups
ADL to White Supremacy