The more people see countless videos of wrongful attacks on the black community, the more black Americans are traumatically triggered. During the Trump presidency, terrorist attacks on non-white groups have been disturbing and broadcasted on social platforms for all to see.
On May 14 of this year, a mass shooting took place in Buffalo, New York, at Tops Friendly Markets store, a supermarket on the eastern side of the city. With Ten people Murdered and three injured, this horrific crime has left some people with heavy trauma.
Starting With Social Media
With a disturbing online presence and motive, Investigators strive to link critical events leading up to the attack.
New York’s top prosecutor has pursued an investigation of social media’s role in Saturday’s shooting. Investigators will look at the magnitude of social platforms used to stream, promote and plan the event.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James Announced the investigation,
“The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums that spread and promote hate,” she said.
According to sources, The suspect, a white male, allegedly published a manifesto on Google that included specific plans to attack Black people. The post cited the “great replacement” theory many times.
The Great Replacement
“The Great Replacement” theory originates from the early 20th century—the birth of the theory rooted in French nationalism and books by French nationalists. French writer Renaud Camus would later activate the popularity of the phrase for today’s citizens. An essay he published in 2011, “Le Grand Remplacement,” influenced by Jean Raspail’s “The Camp of the Saints,” which is noted to be a racist novel.
Camus thinks the white Europeans are being “replaced” in their countries by non-white immigrants from Africa and the Middle East, which would lead to the extinction of the white race. Camus concluded that non-white races had a much higher birth rate than whites. White supremacists adopted this ignorant philosophy to justify harmful acts to save a race.
Extremists Who Had Similar Views
I hope I didn’t make a vast detour. Still, I want readers to understand that this isn’t something new. These types of harmful acts have been documented, especially during the Trump presidency.
In October 2018, Robert Bowers, a white supremacist, annihilated 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. After publishing a post blaming Jews for bringing non-white immigrants to the U.S. in the Spring of 2019, Brenton Tarrant live-streamed himself as he went on a killing spree at a mosque in New Zealand, which left 51 people dead. He also released a manifesto online, and surprise, it was called “The Great Replacement,” to shout out the french author. In August 2019, Patrick Crusius decided to unleash bullets at a Walmart in El Paso, TX, Leading to 23 people dead and injuring almost two dozen. He, too, has reference to the great replacement. There is a pattern, and investigators are getting to the bottom of this.
According to NBC News, the manifesto written by the New York Buffalo shooter’s PDF was published on Google Docs at 8:55 p.m. Thursday, precisely two days before the incident.
The suspect made a live stream of the shooting On Twitch that was taken down less than two minutes after the violence started. Representation from Twitch claims the video was then duplicated and posted on other streaming sites. The Link to the video wasn’t removed for more than 10 hours, leading the video to go viral and shared
more than 46,000 times. Other social platforms are involved in the investigation, such as Discord and 4chan.
Before the shooting, some individuals who knew or faced Gendron were owners of pawnshops and shops selling coins and guns. Evidence of those visits is described in chat logs on Discord.
Why Black People Feel So Unprotected
Latisha Rogers is an assistant manager at the Tops supermarket who dialed 911 just to get hung up on by the dispatcher.
According to channel 2 news, where the victim explained her experience during the incident, she explained how fearful she was for her life. She called her boyfriend for help after the 911 dispatcher let her down with a rude tone.
“I called 911, I go through the whole operator and everything, the dispatcher comes on and I’m whispering to her and I said Miss, please send help to 1275 Jefferson there is a shooter in the store. She proceeded in a very nasty tone and says I can’t hear you, why are you whispering, you don’t have to whisper, they can’t hear you, so I continued to whisper and I said ma’am he’s still in the store, he’s still shooting! I’m scared for my life, please send help. Out of nervousness, my phone fell out of my hand, she said something I couldn’t make out, and then the phone hung up.”
Due to this occurrence, the individual who hung up was put on administrative leave pending a hearing held on May 30. After the hearing, the dispatcher may be fired or face additional disciplinary action.
A study has proven that PTSD was highest among Blacks, intermediate among Hispanics and Whites, and lower among Asians.
Trauma occurs due to incidents of racism (racial trauma). Racial trauma happens from significant experiences of racism such as discrimination in the work environment, hate crimes, or a collection of many small happenings.