The Buffalo Shooter: Alt Right Figurehead or Authoritarian Leftist?
OPINION- On May 14, 2022, a mass shooting occurred in Buffalo, New York, at a Tops Friendly Markets store, a supermarket in the Kingsley neighborhood on the eastern side of the city. Ten people were killed, and three others were injured; 11 of the victims were black. The shooter live-streamed the attack on Twitch and left behind a telling manifesto of his actions.
This atrocity has invoked a visceral and understandable reaction from the media. The Buffalo police chief described this event as "pure evil" and "without a doubt, a racially motivated act." These reactions are of course merited as the tragedy in Buffalo was indeed racially motivated, according to the killer's own words. The mainstream media, however, has quickly begun to editorialize this horrific event, and parlay its cruel nature into an attack rooted in "right wing" ideas. One example of this is The New York Times' Editorial Board writing a piece entitled "The Buffalo Shooting Was Not A Random Act Of Violence," in which they begin by saying:
Republican politicians, including some of the party’s top leaders, openly espouse versions of a white supremacist conspiracy theory holding that an orchestrated effort is underway to displace white Americans.
In the piece, they allege that some, if not all, Republicans advocate for the "Great Replacement" theory. You might be asking: What is the "Great Replacement" theory? Simply put, it's the horrific notion that the Jewish people are somehow controlling the world and are attempting to replace whites with other cultures in order to dilute its "power." You might be asking yourself: Why would every mainstream media outlet accuse every Republican of such a horrid thing? The simple answer is... because mainstream media is accountable to no one. They print what they want to benefit their own interests, which, unsurprisingly, align with extreme leftist radical ideas the majority of the time.
However, there is a deeper answer here. What the left wing has done is conflate this abominable theory with the slightest apprehension of too much illegal immigration. Meanwhile, these two things are worlds apart. But, this is how they have managed to drag Tucker Carlson and other popular right-leaning figures into this – by blaming them for the very existence of this mentally deranged individual.
From The Horse's Mouth
When dealing with such extreme subject matter, it is important to deal directly with facts and to take into consideration the victims. Because of this, I want to make sure that we quote from this killer's manifesto, as he will, in his own words, disassociate himself from conservatism as a whole.
From the manifesto:
Are you a part of any political group or movement?
I am not a direct member of any organization or group, though I support many.
Did, or do you personally hate blacks?
A black man or woman living in their homelands? No. A black man or woman choosing to invade our lands, live on our soil, live on government support and attack and replace our people? Yes, I dislike them. The only people I truly hate are the converts, those from our own people that turn their backs on their heritage, turn their backs on their cultures, turn their back on their traditions and become blood traitors to their own race. They are not completely hopeless, however. I believe some can come back, so it’s important to welcome them when they are awoken instead of shaming and ostracizing them.
Are you a Christian? No. I do not ask God for salvation by faith, nor do I confess my sins to Him. I personally believe there is no afterlife. I do however believe in and practice many Christian values.
Are you a fascist? Yes, fascism is one of the only political ideologies that will unite Whites against the replacers. Since that is what I seek, calling me a fascist would be accurate.
Are you a white supremacist? Yes, I would call myself a white supremacist, after all, which race is responsible for the world we live in today? I believe the White race is superior in the brain to all other races.
Are you racist? Yes, I am racist because I believe in differences of capabilities between races. Are you intolerant? Sure. The last virtues of a dying nation are tolerance and apathy, and I want none of it.
Are you an anti-semite? YES!! I wish all JEWS to HELL! Go back to hell where you came from DEMON! But in reality, a Jew confined to Judea where he can’t spread his people or beliefs is of no concern to me. It’s important to note that with a proper connection to the internet, that is impossible.
This terrorist attack was absolutely evil, absolutely racially motivated, but not the fault of any particular political party. It is the antithesis of biblical Christianity and it is not at all consistent with the opinions of mainstream conservatives. To blame one political commentator for the actions of this maniacal killer is short-sighted. And to conflate his views with a valid concern of illegal immigration is dishonest and a prime example of media manipulation.
More from the manifesto:
Are you a neo-nazi? I support neo-nazism but I am not a member of any neo-nazi groups, you decide what that makes me.
Are you a conservative? No, conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it.
Did you always hold these views? When I was 12 I was deep into communist ideology, talk to anyone from my old high school and ask about me and you will hear that. From age 15 to 18 however, I consistently moved farther to the right. On the political compass, I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category, and I would prefer to be called a populist.
There is a big gap between replacement theory and simply opposing the planned infiltration of new voters by the Democrat Party. The former is a racist and absurd view of humanity, while the latter is a concern for election integrity, regardless of immigrants' skin color.
It is unfortunate that we have arrived at a place in this country where in order to stand up for conservative values, we must risk appearing like we are endorsing a mass shooter. Do not mistake this article for an endorsement. The Buffalo killer is unequivocally a racist, white supremacist murderer. He deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and as for his soul... well, God will surely deal with him. Nonetheless, we cannot simply allow this to be portrayed as a fruit of conservatism. We cannot let the media continue to spin this narrative and make true conservatism look poisonous. We must continue to pursue objective biblical truths, which do not include the beliefs of this killer.