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Democrat accuses ‘white supremacy’ of shooting black man

Dallas Koreatown alleged hate crime by black suspect stems from ‘white supremacy replacement theorist,’ lawmaker says

U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, points to a recent shooting at a Korean-owned hair salon in Dallas as the latest example of terrorism motivated by “White Supremacy Replacement Theory.” His claim could be problematic, as the alleged shooter is a black man.

Beatty unveiled his theory of racially-motivated violence in a speech on Capitol Hill on Thursday, suggesting that Republicans are inspiring mass shootings of non-whites and Jews with their racist rhetoric. She cited the so-called Great Replacement theory – the idea that non-white people are brought into the United States and other Western countries to disenfranchise white voters.

Democrats pointed to a shooting last week that killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket as evidence of how dangerous the replacement theory is. The 18-year-old suspect denounced the Great Replacement – among other beliefs similar to those of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi militias – before shooting 13 people, 11 of them black.

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“Republican leaders are not innocent, and whether they use a dog whistle or a bull’s horn, they don’t get a pass,” said Beatty.

The MP then turned to another example, saying: “On Monday, three people at a Korean-owned hair salon in Dallas were shot dead by another white supremacist replacement theorist. We see the pipeline from racist rhetoric to racist violence. »

The Dallas Koreatown shooting actually took place on May 11 and the suspect, 36-year-old Jeremy Smith, was arrested earlier this week. The shooting injured three Asian women, and Smith is suspected of being behind two other shootings at Asian-owned businesses in Dallas.

Smith, who is black, faces possible federal hate crimes charges and has already been charged with three counts of aggravated assault. A police affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News indicated that Smith had anti-Asian delusions.

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“He’s starting to have illusions that the Asian mob is after him or trying to hurt him,” Smith’s girlfriend told Dallas police, according to the affidavit. Smith was fired from his job for verbally attacking his boss, who was Asian, and he began to suffer “panic attacks and delusions” after being involved in a car accident with an Asian motorist two years ago.

Nonetheless, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other prominent Democratic lawmakers behind her on the Capitol steps, Beatty pointed to the Koreatown shooting as another example of white supremacy in action. “Let’s hold people accountable”, she says. “Let’s hold the right people accountable, and that’s the Republican Party.”


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