It’s apparently unfair to point out the clear, direct connections between the massacre and the Great Replacement conspiracy parroted by conservatives.

By Eoin Higgins, The Flashpoint

On Saturday, an 18-year-old man named Payton Gendron killed 10 people in a TOPS supermarket in Buffalo.

Of the 13 people Gendron shot, 11 were Black—in his livestream of the shooting, he’s heard saying “sorry” to a white man he shoots. The other victims seem to have been hardly even spared a thought.

Panhandle Area, Florida, United States - circa 1995 - Ku Klux Klan KKK Night Rally, men Wearing White Robes, hoods, Burning Cross with High Flames

Gendron’s motivations for the shooting were made clear in a 180-page manifesto he published online. The far-right document, which included multiple anti-Semitic references and made clear he was expressly targeting the store and area because of the area’s large Black population, left little to the imagination.

The manifesto included a nearly word-for-word repeat of Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s interpretation of the racist Great Replacement narrative, a far-right conspiracy theory that claims Democrats and/or Jews are trying to dilute the white American electorate by importing immigrants of color.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s paid even the slightest attention to Carlson over the past few years. The TV dinner heir and child of total privilege who claims to speak for the common man has long had an affinity for the most racist of conspiracy theories.

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