El Paso, USA racist massacre not unique

This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalist Terror Attack in El Paso Was Not an Isolated Incident

Gerald Horn and Arun Gupta outline the history of white terror in America and what its modern manifestation means for our future.

NYT NIGHTMARE HEADLINE The alleged gunman in Texas who killed at least 22 people Saturday reportedly shared a manifesto online that used similar language to Trump’s, and used the phrase: “Send them back.” But the first edition of the New York Times suggested that the president was attempting to unify the country with the front page headline: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BLAMES EVERYTHING BUT GUNS AND HIMSELF President Trump spoke Monday in response to the mass shootings over the weekend, calling them a “crime against all of humanity.” The president blamed white supremacy, the internet, video games and mental illness for the massacres. He did not blame guns or himself. [HuffPost]

TEXAS GUN LAWS ABOUT TO GET EVEN LOOSER Under the current laws in Texas, legal gun owners don’t require an additional permit to carry long guns, such as the one the El Paso gunman used last weekend, in unrestricted public areas. From Sept. 1, it will be even easier to carry guns in Texas churches, schools, apartment buildings and disaster zones. [HuffPost]

COUNTRIES WARN CITIZENS AGAINST U.S. TRAVEL Venezuela’s government issued a warning Monday telling Venezuelans to postpone planned trips to the U.S. or take precautions due to the “proliferation of violent acts and indiscriminate hate crimes.” The Uruguayan government also warned against hate-based violence in the U.S. [HuffPost]

THESE SHOOTERS ARE NOT LONE WOLVES Authorities say the shooter who killed 22 people and wounded dozens in El Paso, Texas, Saturday acted alone. In a narrow sense that may be true, but experts warn that it’s important to recognize his actions were rooted in a wider movement of white nationalism and violent extremism that is behind a growing number of mass murders.  [HuffPost]

HANNITY PROPOSES ARMED FORCE TO SURROUND SCHOOLS Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling for a virtual police state of armed ex-cops and military to “surround” schools and shopping malls to prevent mass shootings. [HuffPost]

Gay son of “Straight Pride” organizer says event “dog whistles” white supremacy.

TUCKER CARLSON: WHITE SUPREMACY IS A ‘HOAX’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left. He has routinely given airtime to white nationalist conspiracy theories and talking points, yet claimed “the whole thing is a lie.” [HuffPost]

NEBRASKA GOP SLAMS SENATOR FOR CONDEMNING WHITE SUPREMACY The Nebraska Republican Party called on state Sen. John McCollister to quit the party after he accused his fellow Republicans of “enabling white supremacy” by staying silent on President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. [HuffPost]

CONGRESS CALLS ON 8CHAN OWNER TO TESTIFY Lawmakers have called on Jim Watkins, who owns 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website. [HuffPost]

CALI GOV: MAKE GENDER PART OF GUN VIOLENCE CONVERSATION California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday urged leaders to discuss the role of misogyny and toxic masculinity in gun violence, pointing out that mass shooters “overwhelmingly, almost exclusively, are males, boys, men.” [HuffPost]


El Paso, USA fascist terrorist massacre

This 4 August 2019 video says about itself:

Mourners gathered in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, where 20 people were killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart.

The Mexican government is looking into taking legal action against the United States after six Mexican nationals were killed and seven others were injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday: here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Behind the El Paso massacre

Race, class and the threat of fascism

5 August 2019

In the last eight days there have been three mass shootings in the United States, two of them occurring just over 12 hours apart this weekend. Events like the killings in Gilroy, California (4 dead, including the shooter, and 15 wounded), El Paso, Texas (20 dead and 26 wounded), and Dayton, Ohio (10 dead, including the shooter, and 16 wounded) have become part of the daily life of this country.

Again, as always, the press responds with the required dose of clichés about tragedy and the community coming together, but every serious political question is covered up.

What are these questions?

First, the massacres in Gilroy and El Paso occurred against the backdrop of Trump’s open incitement of violence against immigrants and racial minorities. Although Patrick Crusius, the El Paso gunman, went out of his way to absolve Trump in the statement he posted on the internet, there is no question that he and other fascist-minded individuals are acting with full knowledge that they enjoy the sympathy of the government.

It was Trump who declared during the 2016 campaign that he would post bail for any supporter who did violence to a protester, who urged police “not to be too nice” when they arrest suspects, and who pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio after his conviction on contempt of court charges related to the illegal detention of immigrants. At a campaign rally only two months ago, Trump posed the question of what could be done with refugee claimants at the border, and grinned broadly when a supporter shouted, “Shoot them!

Over the past month, the US president intensified his incitement of violence. As the WSWS noted in the wake of his attack on the city of Baltimore as a crime-infested, rat-infested hellhole in which “no human being would want to live”: “Trump is playing with fire, and he knows it.” Trump and his advisors calculate that “his blatant provocations will intensify an already unstable political environment, with an immense potential for violence, and create conditions that will enable him to invoke dictatorial powers to uphold ‘law and order.’”

Crusius detailed his motivation in a four-page manifesto published on the internet that begins by hailing the Christchurch, New Zealand mass killer, who murdered 51 people at two Muslim mosques earlier this year. He then declares, in language that echoes countless Trump campaign rallies, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

More is involved, however, than Trump’s incitements. The killer in El Paso expresses the emergence of a distinctly fascist tendency in the United States, which combines virulent racism and anti-immigrant hysteria, while making an appeal to grievances against the capitalist system.

The reference to “replacement” in the manifesto signals the fascistic character of the Crusius manifesto. The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 chanted “Jews will not replace us” (and were said by Trump to include “many good people”). Similar language is used by European neo-Nazis and by the New Zealand [Australian] gunman, Brenton Tarrant, all claiming a conspiracy by big business and/or Jews to replace whites in Europe and the United States with immigrants drawn from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The shooter’s statement makes a demagogic appeal to social grievances, including unemployment, low wages, heavy student debt and the decline of working-class living standards, blaming all these phenomena on a supposed conspiracy by corporate America to replace high-wage American workers by importing low-wage foreign labor. This is also characteristic of fascism, which seeks to provide a nationalistic outlet for the social divisions within capitalist society.

Historically, the struggle against racism has always involved the exposure of its underlying illegitimacy. Race is not a genuine category of social analysis, but an antiscientific construct whose bankruptcy is increasingly obvious under conditions where there are tens of millions of children and young adults born of “mixed” marriages.

Finally, the proliferation of mass shootings is in the United States is clearly bound up with the generalized atmosphere of violence and the militarization of American society promoted by both parties over the past 30 years, particularly since the onset of the “war on terror” after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Patrick Crusius had just been born when Columbine took place. His whole life has taken place amid unceasing violence directed by American imperialism against the world.

The sickening regularity of incidents of mass homicide in America, now combined ever more directly with the politics of extreme reaction, is an expression of a deeply dysfunctional society.

The real opposite to race-based appeals is a political struggle based upon class: uniting all those who work and create the wealth of society, against the tiny minority of capitalist owners who appropriate that wealth and subject society to their ever more frenzied demands to increase it.

2020 DEMS LINK TRUMP’S RACISM TO EL PASO SHOOTING Democratic presidential candidates spoke out Sunday against President Donald Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric, linking it to the El Paso shooting as police are investigating whether the suspected gunman, a 21-year-old white man, was motivated by a hatred of Hispanic people. [HuffPost]

MEXICO THREATENS TO SUE OVER SHOOTINGS Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday that the attorney general would consider litigation claiming that terrorism was committed against Mexicans in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which 20 were killed, including six Mexicans. [Reuters]

US Jewish daily Forward on the El Paso massacre

Rihanna slams Trump’s apparent inability to call mass shootings “terrorism”.

El Paso, Texas, ‘Christian’ massacre with legal gun

This 3 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Shooter Identified Online As Trump Supporter Who Didn’t Like ‘Race Mixing

While officials did not immediately announce the identity of the shooter, the Washington Examiner reported that “A law enforcement source in El Paso told the Washington Examiner that 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius from Dallas, Texas, has been taken into custody.”

A manifesto purportedly written by Crusius, perhaps even in the hours before the shooting attack that according to one report left at least [20] people dead, was left behind. Pages of the manifesto included anti-immigrant rhetoric with the author going into depth on why he is “against race mixing”, supports the idea to “send them back” and offering a prediction of “genocide”.

Twitter account of El Paso, Texas mass murderer Crusius

This picture is from the Twitter account of the El Paso, Texas mass murderer Crusius. ‘MAGA‘ refers to Make America Great Again, Donald Trump‘s slogan. ‘Duke’ refers to racist Republican politician and ex-Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke.

According to local police, Crusius committed the El Paso racist massacre with a legally bought gun.

Bloody neo-fascist terrorism in El Paso, USA

This 4 August 2019 video from the USA is called Mass Shooter in El Paso – You’ll Never Guess Who.

Indeed, it is yet another fascist white supremacist terrorist. Even though United States President Donald Trump claims that anti-fascism supposedly is terrorism.

From the Daily Beast in the USA today:

Accused El Paso Walmart Shooter Apparently Posted Racist Manifesto Before Attack

Patrick Crusius allegedly killed 20 people at a store Saturday morning, using racist rhetoric against Hispanics in a posting made before the attack. …

The announcement was accompanied by an anti-immigrant manifesto that invoked white supremacist terms to justify violence against Hispanic people. Authorities say three Mexican nationals were among the dead in the attack on the predominantly Hispanic city that borders Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. …

The author of the apparent El Paso manifesto claimed to have been inspired by a manifesto written by the white supremacist who allegedly murdered 51 worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand this year. The alleged attacker of a synagogue in Poway, California, earlier this year also cited that manifesto.

This 3 August 2019 TV video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Gunman Allegedly Posted ‘Wildly Anti-Immigrant‘ Essay Online | MSNBC

NBC’s Ben Collins reports that a believed manifesto of the suspect involved in the El Paso, Texas shooting has been found on the “wildly anti-immigrant” site 8chan.

From the New York Post in the USA, 3 August 2019:

Sick manifesto linked to Walmart shooting suspect blames ‘Hispanic invasion’ …

The manifesto bemoans that “America is rotting from the inside out,” and predicts that “the heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold.”

It goes on to blame immigration for everything from the loss of jobs to runaway pollution.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

It seems that he announced his act shortly beforehand in a manifesto on the forum website 8chan and that he is an extreme right-wing nationalist. …

The perpetrator not only announced his act, he also added an explanation of four pages. He refers to a conspiracy theory that predicts that the elite will conspire to eventually replace the white population of Europe with people from Africa and the Middle East. The theory is popular in extreme right-wing nationalist circles. …

The attack in El Paso is the 291st incident this year in the United States in which firearms are fired at four or more people. A total of 335 people were killed. Today another new incident has occurred: in Dayton, Ohio, a man shot nine people.

Anti-Latin American racist massacre in Texas, USA

This 4 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Shooting by Racist Incel

At the making of this video, it was confirmed 15 dead. During the upload the number changed to 20. The police said that one suspect, a white male in his 20s from Allen, Texas, was in custody, and that the gunman had fired an A.K.-47-style rifle into a crowded Walmart store, sending panicked shoppers fleeing for their lives. Officials said the gunman had surrendered to the police.

So, just after United States President Donald Trump has said that anti-fascism is terrrorism, the umpteenth terrorist fascist massacre in the USA

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

20 dead at Walmart Texas attack, gunman arrested

20 people were killed in an attack in El Paso in the US state of Texas. At least 26 people were injured, including two children aged 2 and 9 years. Governor Greg Abbott announced this at a press conference. According to Mexican President Lopez Obrador, three Mexican civilians died and six were injured.

A shooter opened fire in the parking lot of a Walmart branch around 10.30 am local time, after which he entered the building. According to the police, this is a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, about 1,000 kilometers east of El Paso.

He dropped his gun, a kind of A.K. 47, and surrendered himself when police officers arrived.

Somehow, I have the idea that if this mass murderer would not have been a white man, more precisely: a white supremacist, but black and/or Muslim, that then police might not have arrested him, but might have shot him dead on the spot.

Nothing was said about the motive of the shooter at the press conference. US American media report that the man has put a manifesto online in which he expresses sympathy for the shooter of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch [in New Zealand] in March. The manifest also states that the attack on the Walmart is a reaction to the “invasion of Hispanics in Texas“.

According to The New York Times, the manifesto, entitled The Inconvenient Truth, was posted on the online forum 8chan almost twenty minutes before the first emergency call. “Hispanics take control of the local government and the state in my beloved Texas”, the manifesto says. The document also states that “race mixing” is destroying the country and that the US should be split into territorial enclaves based on the race of people.

The manifesto also states that the writer fears that Texas and the White House will be in the hands of the Democrats in the next elections.

On this video, one can hear the gunfire of the El Paso racist attack.

Children in Trump’s horror jails, infants die

This 21 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The Associated Press reports migrant children are being neglected at a Texas border facility near El Paso. According to the report, children are not being provided with adequate food, water or proper sanitation. CBS News correspondent Mireya Villareal has been covering the situation on the border and joins CBSN to discuss.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

250 migrant children taken away from horrible reception location in Texas

In the US state Texas, some 250 children have been taken away from a border police reception jail where they were detained for weeks in dire circumstances.

The location, near the border town El Paso, was overcrowded. Lawyers who visited the site last week sounded the alarm. The older children had to take care of babies and small children. The lawyers reported, eg, about a 4-year-old child who had not been washed for days, and hungry and inconsolable children.

Some have been detained for three weeks, while it has been legally established that children cannot stay in a temporary reception location for more than 72 hours. Some children had crossed the border with Mexico by themselves, but according to the lawyers, some were also separated from their parents at the border.

“Help urgently needed”

In an e-mail to news agency Associated Press, the border patrol admitted that the location is not suitable for accommodating young children. …

The children's jail near El Paso, Texas, USA. AFP photo

Veronica Escobar, member of the House of Representatives on behalf of the Republican Party

No, NOS; Ms Escobar is a Democratic Party representative.

criticizes President Trump’s policy on migrant children on Twitter. …

It is not clear where the 250 children are now. According to Escobar, some have been transferred to another location in the area. Human rights organizations also have doubts about that jail. Thirty children are now staying in the reception location at El Paso.

Yesterday, the Texas authorities reported that seven migrants were found near the border in the last week who were killed in the extreme heat. Among them are a woman with two babies and a small child. They had probably died days ago when they were found.

By Eric London in the USA:

Horror across US-Mexico border with multiple parents, infants dead

25 June 2019

Catastrophe struck Central American immigrants attempting to flee imperialist war and violence across the US-Mexico border last weekend, generating widespread outrage in the Latin American working class.

On Sunday morning, US officials discovered the bodies of four people—a 20-year-old, a young child and two babies—dead in the Texas desert on the US side of the Rio Grande, known to Latin Americans as the Rio Bravo. The Guatemalan embassy has since identified the young people as Guatemalan nationals. Temperatures in the area reached 113 degrees Sunday.

The FBI has announced it is reviewing the deaths, a highly unusual step which raises questions about whether the immigrants were murdered on the US side of the border. Regardless of the exact cause of death, the immigrants were killed by the policies of the Trump administration.

The same day, a young father and his infant daughter drowned attempting to cross the river on the border of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas. ElSalvador.com wrote, “Sunday afternoon, a Salvadoran and his 1 year, 11-month-old daughter were overcome by the current of the Rio Bravo in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico when they attempted to cross it to enter the US.”

The father was named Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez, he was just 25 years old. His daughter, whose arm was draped around her father’s back when their bodies washed up on the shore, was named Valeria.

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria, dead in the Rio Grande river [Credit: Julia Le Duc]

This photo by Julia Le Duc shows Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria, dead in the Rio Grande river.

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez, his daughter Valeria and his partner, when Óscar and Valeria were still alive

This photo shows Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez, his daughter Valeria and his partner, when Óscar and Valeria were still alive.

The deaths have sparked mass outrage across Latin America and engendered even deeper hatred against the Trump administration and American imperialism. Practically every major newspaper across the region ran banner headlines describing the deaths and a litany of other horrors confronting immigrants fleeing north.

Salvadorans were outraged after Mexican police assassinated a young Salvadoran woman traveling to the US along Mexico’s east coast this weekend. Elsalvador.com wrote:

“María Senaida Escobar, 19 years old, died after being shot in the head when Mexican police from Veracruz intercepted the truck in which she and other immigrants were driving to the United States.”

On Friday, Mexican National Guardsmen wielding assault rifles were filmed tearing two Nicaraguan mothers from the arms of their young daughters at the border with the US in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Photos of the National Guardsmen in battle gear frog marching the crying mothers back to Mexico was widely viewed on social media throughout Mexico and Central America and particularly in Nicaragua.

The Trump administration was forced to relocate 300 immigrant children from a concentration camp in Texas where they were being housed under filthy conditions by the fascistic guards.

The New York Times reported: “The move came days after a group of lawyers was given access to the station in Clint and said they saw children as young as 8 years old caring for infants, toddlers with no diapers, and children who said they were waking up at night because they were hungry.”

The lawyers “said that children lacked access to private bathrooms, soap, toothbrushes or toothpaste. Many were wearing the same dirty clothes that they had crossed the border in weeks earlier.”

The children were whisked off to a variety of other concentration camps, including a tent encampment outside of El Paso, Texas.

The attacks on immigrant workers escaping home countries devastated by decades of US imperialist violence has provoked outrage in the American population as well.

Beyond a small segment of die-hard Trump supporters, the masses of people regard the migrant deaths and the deterioration of conditions in the concentration camps with disgust and shame.

Over the weekend, a group of protesters gathered at the Fort Sill military base in the Midwestern state of Oklahoma, the former Japanese internment camp that the Trump administration is opening for detaining 1,400 immigrant children. The group included a number of elderly Japanese Americans who themselves were interned as young children, and one man who was born in a camp in Topaz, Utah.

Military police interrupted the protest and screamed at the former internees: “What is it you people don’t understand!” one soldier shouted, demanding the protesters leave immediately.

“My earliest recollection is being on the train with my family, leaving that camp”, Satsuki Ina, a 75-year-old woman, told Newsweek. “I was two years old.”

Mike Ishii, whose mother, aunts and grandmother were detained in internment camps, also travelled to Oklahoma from New York. “I am just so heartbroken and outraged,” he told Newsweek.

“For me, I don’t feel like I have a choice. I have to go. I need to go there. I need to register my opposition and I think that is a sentiment that is shared by a lot of people in my community. As soon as I first saw the headlines coming out about this policy to bring 1,400 children to Fort Sill, I felt like I just had to be there.”

On Saturday, Trump announced he was postponing by two weeks plans for a massive 10-city series of raids to arrest 2,000 immigrant families at the request of Congressional Democratic leaders Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

The Democrats, who never raised doubts when Democratic President Barack Obama deported 3 million people, undoubtedly warned Trump that his raids would likely provoke mass demonstrations that they feared neither party could control. Now the two parties are agreeing to provide billions more to fund Trump’s American Gestapo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

ICE INCARCERATES ILL, PREGNANT MOTHER Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport a severely ill pregnant mother with her two children on Wednesday, even though she’s still fighting her removal order in court. [HuffPost]

KIDS REMOVED FROM DANGEROUS DETENTION CENTER The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 kids detained there were caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. [AP]