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Opinion | Amy Spitalnik battles neo-Nazis see ominous signs in ‘great Substitution Theory and the Buffalo Shooting

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Gain validation of in role of “great substitution theory” in helping to inspire a gruesome mass shooting in Buffalo reminds the nation that we could have foreseen all of this.

Looking back, the 2017 white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Virginia now looks like a harbinger of lot of what followed. This “Unite the Right” gathering was inspired by a conspiracy theory the elites are plotting extinguish white in Western countries replacing them with imported non-white immigrants, as evidenced by in chants of “Jews will not replace us”.

Alleged mass shooter Payton Gendron online screed heavily loaded in this theory. He even identified who the whites were. facing like genocide.

Amy Spitalnik is well positioned for discussion role of these ideas in mass shootings and in wider ongoing white-power movement. she is executive director of Honesty First for America, which successfully held organizers of Unite the Right rally is responsible in court for damage.

These efforts required new tool in in fight break the violent white supremacy. But what has followed since then is deeply depressing how it will be difficult to win.

Indeed, despite the national horror over Charlottesville, that poisonous one”great replacement ideology” subsequently served as a pretext for numerous mass executions, including in Pittsburgh, El Paso and other cities. Even during the shooting in Buffalo, some Republicans and right media personalities currently updating these ideas.

So now what? I have reached out in the hospital help provide a look ahead. Edited and compressed version of our exchange follows.

Greg Sargent: When you first took on organizers of Charlottesville march, what was your point? of is this movement? Did you expect it to continue to grow and metastasize? way he has?

Amy Spitalnik: Many Americans were taken aback by this idea. of “Jews will not replace us” or “great replacement” that we heard in Charlottesville. felt like marginal conspiracy theory.

What has become clear that “Unite the Right” really was harbinger of extremism that followed, which became completely mainstream in our politics and society in many ways.

Sargent: there is a tendency in culture and in in media treat these mass shootings as isolated events. But in many of these cases – and especially on January 6th – organizers and shooters consider them as part of of much more struggle. They fully intend for galvanize them of more such events after.

Hospital: That’s for sure. They are not lone wolves. they are part of broader extremist network in which each attack used for inspiration next one.

Sargent: The shooters themselves see their own big event conjugation with in public like what I hope is from their point of view of view – will inspire more to come.

Hospital: That’s why you see them live. That’s why you see them putting their diatribes online. That’s why you see things like this buffalo striker using Discord for efficient journaling of its planning. it’s all part of cycle of Stochastic terrorism.

At the end of day, it’s about giving a roadmap for how do it and make it look of violence is becoming more common, so it perpetuates.

Sargent: What’s at the end goal of inspiring future attacks?

Hospital: End goal it is a White ethno-state that includes this far-right extremist vision for what country is it should be: white, Christian, natural, male nation. Everyone else is no longer a part of this country is either conquered.

It seems fantastic. But if you read everything that these extremists have written – and if you even read the alleged more major versions – it’s all about defending this very narrow vision of what country is it should be.

Sargent: Let me ask you about your use of in term “ethno-state”. Because it seems to me that there is basic failure of terminology when we use expression “white nationalism”.

important threads of this movement sees the American state as enemy, Correctly? By “nation” they mean the Aryan nation, not the US nation state. So when you say “white ethnic state” you don’t mean the US state – they would stand up a separate nation-state entirely.

Hospital: I.e true for many of these extremists. As we see this ideology becoming more popular, some—particularly Republican officials— who trying to do it within of United States, in our country right now. But the end goal for these deep in the movement is exactly what you describe.

Language has failed us in many ways. “White nationalism” is not term which enough conveys the terrifying brutal nature of it’s a movement.

Sargent: Some people hear the phrase “white nationalism” and they think it’s just concept of national an identity that imagines whiteness as the basis. But it’s really a lot more revolutionary and separatist, right?

Hospital: Absolutely. For example, Matthew Heimbach. who was one of in key Charlottesville organizers had a very specific vision for a separate, white ethnic state.

Sargent: When the Republicans float the version of “great substitution theory” – usually anything like“Democrats want import immigrants to bring in more Democratic voters” – he sneaks these ideas into the mainstream. in disinfected form, which could lead people to start study of more poisonous ideological core of it’s a movement.

Hospital: That’s for sure how these avowed white supremacists see it. They have repeatedly noted this mainstreaming of extremism. They are out they say Tucker Carlson and these elected officials went where they shouldn’t one left earlier.

Sargent: Where does it all go? Is it unreasonable to worry about what we might see more a serious and enduring movement of white terrorism?

Hospital: This is not at all irrational. this is what many in This space Was warning about for years that we will only see more valid of mass violence by extremists. It goes hand in hand in hand with in rise in the hate crimes we’ve seen.

Accountability is critical, but you cannot prosecute or sue your way out of this crisis. You need be building structures in our society to prevent this kind of of extremism in in first place.

Sargent: What does it look like like?

Hospital: Diversity of tools. This is an anti-racist education. It includes media and digital literacy training. This means to give guardians, parents and teachers tools to detect and prevent such of extremism. It means dealing with way in what kind of extremism has penetrated law enforcement agencies and is pursuing on veterans community.

Sargent: What are the prospects for the presence of any real success? There is cause for deep anxiety, no?

Hospital: This is putting it mildly. Democratic leadership should make it crystal clear clear across the country that what we’re talking about here is a broader, far-right, extremist, authoritarian effort that puts our democracy and everything of us in risk.

This is one of the most important thing we could see: the unequivocal recognition that this is not normal, this is not normal – and this is dangerous for everyone of us.

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