I dearly wish that I could say I am shocked that this could possibly happen in the U.S.. Below is a preliminary finding, officials are still investigating a possible “manifesto” written by the El Paso shooter. However, with that caution aside, I think we can all note that the police would certainly not release such a theory unless they believed it was highly probable. There are copycat shooters to worry about, and this is El Paso, a city infused with a huge immigrant population. We can bet that a large percentage of the El Paso police force is wary of the anti-immigrant manifestos coming out of the White House, as well as the one they are investigating. No, I suspect that it is real, and more likely understated, than wrong. With all that said, I feel safe enough to publish, and so did the Daily Beast: Authorities are investigating whether Crusius wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto published online shortly before the attack, the source said. At an evening press conference, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who stopped short of naming the suspect, confirmed that authorities were reviewing a “manifesto.” “Right now we have a manifesto from this individual, that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime,” Allen said. He went on to add, however, that authorities were still working to “validate” that it was written by the suspected shooter. Do we even recognize the danger here? To say that we are not shocked that someone who wrote an “anti-immigrant manifesto”did this? If this occurred in any other nation it would hit like thunder reverberating through the fabric of that country. Here, we say we were “due.” Then we learn it was likely a Right-Wing anti-immigrant nut, and we say “Yes, it is sick but makes sense.” Want to hear something else terrifying? Most Right-Wingers will likely be more sad that this monster gave them a bad name, more likely afraid that this might raise people’s calls for empathy to an even higher level, than they are that the anti-immigrant movement motivated a person to kill 20 today. Am I saying anything that you deeply doubt? Or do you deeply fear it is true, are you taking a short breath or two? It does not make the 20 – minimum – victims “more dead” than their tragic fate. From their families’ perspective, it doesn’t matter if the motive had been “pro-immigrant.” Their loved one is gone, not coming back. We note that tragic fact. While we certainly understand such grief, we are afforded the opportunity to worry further. We can worry that this might inspire copy-cats. We can worry about the Right Wing and their conviction, that Trump’s answer will be to double down, as he so often does. We can worry about all that, unfortunately, out of selfishness, because we do not want to see ourselves, our families, and our nation be the victim of another similar attack. God help us all. Few others will.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden summed up what you and I have always believed about what it means to immigrate and become a citizen, beautifully: “It’s pretty simple, You read the document, you understand the document, you pledge allegiance to the document, and we shake your hand, and you are every bit as much of […]
Sometimes people in Washington get it plain wrong!
If conservatives support police killing citizens without justification, climate denial, fact denial, science denial, racist and misogynistic behavior, or a litany of other absurd points of view about numerous important issues, we call them out.