By Fighting Words staff
The Communist Workers League (CWL) condemns the recent racist massacres that occurred in Gilroy, CA; El Paso TX; and Dayton, OH. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, their friends, and their communities for these brutal murders that can all be traced back to the genocidal creed of white supremacy.
It was certainly “lone wolf” young white gunmen who carried out these atrocities. But the blame for them lies at the feet of the white supremacist, anti-migrant, misogynistic rapist, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ and enemy of the entire working class, monster-in-chief Donald Trump, as well as his loyal henchmen. The blame also goes to all of Wall Street that put this swine in office and provides massive support to him for the sake of their bottom-line profit margins.
On July 28, Santino Legan broke into the Gilroy garlic food festival and opened fire, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy and a thirteen-year-old girl. 13 other people suffered gunshot wounds. Legan had posted his interest in white supremacist material in social media before the shooting.
On Saturday, August 3, 20-year-old Patrick Crusius drove more than 600 miles from his home in Allen, TX, near Dallas, and then opened fire with an AR-15 military-type rifle in and around a crowded Walmart store and shopping area in El Paso. 22 people were killed, and more than two dozen injured. El Paso is a border town with its sister city, Juarez, Mexico. Most of the killed and injured were Latinx. According to the Mexican government, seven of those killed were Mexican nationals, as well as seven of the wounded.
Mexico has already announced plans to sue the Trump regime over this massacre!
Just minutes before opening fire, Crusius published an online Trumpist “manifesto.” Using the same language that Trump uses at his fascist rallies and in his racist tweets, Crusius attacked the so-called Hispanic “cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”
Just hours after the mass murders in El Paso, 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire on a crowd in a nightclub district of Dayton, killing eight people, six of them Black. One of Betts’ victims was his own sibling, whom, reports indicate, was dating a Black man, that being the motive for this mass murder.
The Monday after these massacres, August 5, in a robot-like speech (clearly reading from a teleprompter), Trump blamed the shootings on “gruesome and grisly video games“ and “mental illness and hatred”. He condemned “white supremacy”, but failed to define it, obviously afraid to expose himself as the chief dispenser of that poison. He has hinted at criminalizing mental illness, as if these shooters didn’t have clear political agendas. He is also pursuing clamping down on freedom of speech on the internet – we know whose speech they’ll go after. There have also been call-outs against Antifa from his Republican cohorts, as if these anti-nazi defense forces have anything to do with the white supremacist mass shootings….