How the ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy theory has inspired white supremacist killers

On Saturday, Patrick Crusius opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and wounding at least two dozen before police apprehended him. A native of the Dallas suburbs, he had to drive nearly nine hours to get to the border city, and according to a manifesto he posted online before the attack, he did it in an effort to fight off a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” 

The details of the El Paso massacre should be familiar by now because in the last several years there has been a wave of similar attacks around the world. In October of 2018, a white nationalist gunned down 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which he targeted specifically because…

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