Daily Bread for 5.15.22: Replacement Theory Brings Tragedy (And Not for the First Time)

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 72.  Sunrise is 5:30 AM and sunset 8:11 PM for 14h 40m 28s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 99.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1911, in Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an unreasonable monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.

One reads that The gunman in the Buffalo mass shooting was motivated by racism:

BUFFALO — A teenage gunman espousing a white supremacist ideology known as replacement theory opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday, methodically shooting and killing 10 people and injuring three more, almost all of them Black, in one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent American history.

The authorities identified the gunman as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, a small town in New York’s rural Southern Tier. Mr. Gendron drove more than 200 miles to mount his attack, which he also live streamed, the police said, a chilling video feed that appeared designed to promote his sinister agenda.

Shortly after Mr. Gendron was captured, a manifesto believed to have been posted online by the gunman emerged, riddled with racist, anti-immigrant views that claimed white Americans were at risk of being replaced by people of color. In the video that appeared to have been captured by the camera affixed to his helmet, an anti-Black racial slur can be seen on the barrel of his weapon.

And yet, and yet, after repeated incidents, it’s still hard for some to identify the sources of these screeds.

Where Replacement Theory was once spoken only on the fringes of society, in a lumpen subculture, Tucker Carlson has brought it to a broader audience:

One needn’t look far away to VDARE, Taki’s Mag, or the fetid Daily Stormer for concern about a ‘great replacement.’ It’s much closer now, on every screen that displays Fox News.

The Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse of 2022 occurs tonight. Here’s what to expect:


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