On August 3, 2019, the community in El Paso, TX suffered unspeakable tragedy when 23 people were murdered by a white supremacist gunman. This shooting was the deadliest white supremacist attack in the United States in more than 50 years. The perpetrator, Patrick Crusius, was later charged with hate crimes.
Before his shooting rampage, the perpetrator posted a manifesto on the imageboard 8chan (later rebranded as 8kun), in an attempt to justify the attack, and to express support for Brenton Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist who murdered 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019.
The hate-fueled massacre left the El Paso community shocked and shaken and set off waves of anger and sadness across the nation. One year later, we remember the lives lost and others injured.
Xenophobia and hate have no place in America.
We have seen too often how easily unchecked hateful online content can spread dangerous fringe ideologies. We need to root out and address this hateful rhetoric before more communities suffer at the hands of extremists. It’s up to all of us to enact meaningful change.