Update: I have just learned of a shooting in Ohio. I was unaware of that shooting before posting this, making my prediction even more sad and even more poignant. Please share this if you feel it strikes a chord.
Several months ago, I began a draft of an article that was addressing what was then, the latest mass shooting. I did not publish that article, because I knew that it would be a matter of time before it became relevant again. Unfortunately, that article no longer exists. Whether it be unintentional deletion due to maintenance by the site administrators, or my own negligence, that work is gone. However, the point remains the same: These mass shootings are the result of nihilism, not white nationalism.
I’m referring to the Christchurch shooting. Throughout that entire event, I saw that people were calling the shooter crazy, or that he was merely a white supremacist, or that he was not actually a white supremacist, but was instead some sort of meme lord. On and on and on the theories went. However, I took it upon myself to read the manifesto of the shooter. I took the opportunity to look into the warped mind of a fellow human being. What I found there would surprise you in its seeming rationality. What I found, helped me to know that the shooting in Texas was going to happen.
Did I know that exact location of the next big shooting? Of course not. I am not claiming to be psychic. What I am claiming, is that if you read the manifestos of these young men, you begin to realize a pattern. You begin to realize that, there is no real meaning to it, but it can be made to seem that there is a reason. Given the increasing talk of racial division in our politics, even a widely held belief can be twisted into a reason. Take a look at some of the quotes from the Christchurch shooter.
Was the attack anti-diversity in origin?
No, the attack was not an attack on diversity, but an attack in the name of
To ensure diverse peoples remain diverse, separate, unique,undiluted in
unrestrained in cultural or ethnic expression and autonomy.
To ensure that the peoples of the world remain true to their traditions and
faiths and do not become watered down and corrupted by the influence of
outsiders. The attack was to ensure a preservation of beauty, art and
tradition. In my mind a rainbow is only beautiful to due its variety of
colours, mix the colours together and you destroy them all and they are
gone forever and the end result is far from anything beautiful.
Was the attack “xenophobic” in orgin?
Fertility rates are cultural, there is no denying that, so there was a war of
cultures being fought by the invaders, and my attack was a response to
this. Though I hold no great fear or distrust of other peoples.
These two pieces of the Christchurch manifesto, seem to be half-way logical in our current political atmosphere, particularly with “white people.” There are politicians promoting the idea of reparations, that somehow if you are white, you are directly responsible for something that ended 250 years ago. The idea that anybody owes anyone else anything, simply because of the color of their skin, is an acceptable thought. At least, acceptable enough that it is being spouted as an actual idea by allegedly actual candidates for president of the United States. That is no different, in my mind, from this statement:
Were/are you a nationalist?
Yes, predominantly an ethno-nationalist(I place importance on the health
and well being of my race above all else).
“Well, you just don’t get it. Blacks and Hispanics have been held down by the power structures that exist in the United States. It is systemic and institutional racism, and racism requires power. If you aren’t white, you can’t be racist.” If that is your belief, then nothing will change it, and you need not read further. If, however, you are interested in knowing what is going on, and why these shootings are occurring, please continue to read.
White Supremacy isn’t the issue. It is a symptom of a deeper and greater problem. “What do you mean White Supremacy isn’t the issue?! Have you seen how racist ’45’ is?! Do you know how dangerous it is to be a minority in Trump’s America?!” I said what I meant, and I meant what I said. Now, I will provide the proof. This is from the Christchurch manifesto:
Were/are you a nazi?
No, actual nazis do not exist.They haven’t been a political or social force
anywhere in the world for more than 60 years.
Were/are you an anti-semite?
No.A jew living in israel is no enemy of mine, so long as they do not seek
to subvert or harm my people.
Were/are you a neo-nazi?
That is a very broad category of people, and the definition is fuzzy at best.
So no, I don’t believe so.
Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?
As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a
policy maker and leader? Dear god no.
From the El Paso manifesto:
…The idea of deporting or murding all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race…My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting(sic) putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential cadidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.
If we take these men at their word—and we have no real reason not to—they are fighting for what they believe to be a worthwhile cause. In the case of the Christchurch shooter, he was relatively articulate and “reasonable” about it, which is why the El Paso manifesto starts with “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto.”
The larger problem is that devoid of anything truly substantial, devoid of any true purpose in life, young men will seek a cause that they believe has meaning. We see this with radicalization in the middle east as well. You are fighting for some “purpose” that is greater than you. You are serving something that is bigger and more important than your individual life, and it is desirable to die for that cause. This is what young men are seeking. They are seeking something bigger, more important, and more profound than they are to serve. However, they are finding it in the wrong places. They are finding it in racial identity. They are finding it in unyielding religions and doctrines that demand everyone convert or die.
My sad prediction is this: we will continue to collectively blame white supremacy for these kinds of attacks. We will collectively place our heads in the sand, and ignore what is glaringly obvious to anyone who takes the time to try and understand how the mind of a young person is warped into believing that hate, destruction, and death are the only things worth accomplishing in this world. Until we take the time to understand that these men are simply lost, that they are looking for purpose, and meaning in a world that increasingly tells them that there is no meaning, there is no purpose, except for “leveling the playing field” we will continue to see these incidents occur.