Hello, Buffalo: On fringe social media sites, Buffalo mass shooting becomes a rallying call for white supremacists |

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Shooters like the Buffalo shooter are often portrayed as ‘lone actors’, said Georgetown University professor Jacob Ware, but they are best understood as members of a leaderless movement with extreme political goals. , a willingness to use violence, and a constant desire to recruit more people. in their ideology and social networks. Violence is less the end goal of neo-fascist accelerationists, Ware said, and more the means to gain attention and recruits for a far-right terror movement.


On fringe social media sites, the mass shooting in Buffalo becomes a rallying call for white supremacists

While much of the world reacted in horror to the racist May 14 massacre at a Buffalo supermarket, a dark corner of the internet – the corner the accused shooter frequented before his attack – continues to celebrate the killing of 10 Black people and incite each other to similar acts.

A meme, a mockup of the front page of the New York Daily News, shows a photo of Payton Gendron alongside a series of bold headlines, including ‘the mass shooter we’ve been waiting for’ and ‘could you be Next ?”

Another image imposes jokes on a still from the shooter’s attack live stream, showing the moment a woman was shot in the head.

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Yet another takes the form of a “help wanted” poster addressed to white men.

“You are already living for our people. Would you KILL for them? ” it takes.

The backlash comes as no surprise to counterterrorism researchers, who have repeatedly warned that a network of anonymous chat rooms and encrypted messaging channels are incubating the next generation of white supremacist terror. But the challenge, they say, is to interrupt these networks before they can inspire the next shooter.

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Prepared safety fixes for the VA Cemetery intersection – where accidents keep happening: The State Department of Transportation will begin installing a series of road safety improvements this month near the National Cemetery in Western New York, where crashes continue to occur at an intersection where two veterans were were killed last September. Read more

Ken-Ton will apply $7.5 million in reserves to the abuse settlement: The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will use $7.5 million in reserve funds to pay part of the cost of settling 35 Child Victims Act lawsuits against the district. In June, the district agreed to pay $17.5 million to the group of men who claimed retired elementary school teacher Arthur F. Werner abused them at school amid allegations dating back to the 1960s. Read more

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Von Miller hosts the first Von’s Vision Reveal Day in Buffalo: While the Bills had the day off Saturday, Miller hosted an event at Highmark Stadium and handed out personalized eyewear to local students through his Von’s Vision foundation. “It’s the highest turnout we’ve ever had,” Miller said. Read more

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Mason Schrantz of Dunkirk, who was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma in December 2017, has signed a one-day contract with the Buffalo Bills Friday and was named their honorary captain for the “Return of the Blues and Reds” training. Go here to see a video of the 12-year-old’s special moment.

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