SAN ANTONIO–With the recent tragedy that struck New Zealand on March 15 leaving 50 dead and many more wounded, experts ponder if these tragic symptoms reflect the growing threat of white supremacy in the United States?
According to recent reports there is a lot of things that are not known about the 28-year-old man who killed 50 at the Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand, but “his writings suggest that the white nationalist ideas behind the United States and elsewhere influenced him deeply,” Vox reporter Auron Rupar said.
After investigating the discovery of a manifesto left by the gunman, it was revealed he is supporter of President Donald Trump. According to Brenton Tarrant, “the alleged killer who live-streamed the attack identified as Brenton Tarrant.. claimed to be motivated by far-right extremism he saw in the United States to carry out the attack.”
Our Lady of the Lake University junior Brandi Lugo said “I do not think he promotes white nationalism directly, but the image he gives off and the policies he wants to pass make it easier for white nationalist to show their beliefs and as we have seen it can be tragic.”
President Trump said he does not believe that white nationalism is a rising global danger. “ I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing,” he said.
Many people agree that the president does not promote white nationalism. According to the MarketWatch “a White House official said that president Donald Trump is not a white supremacists and that to tie him in to the alleged New Zealand Mosque shooter are absurd.” Mic Mulvaney, the acting Chief of Staff, said “Trump is a defender of religious minorities worldwide.” Mulvaney is frustrated knowing that every time there is a catastrophe in the world the President is blamed for it.
With politics being the hot topic it is, many can agree that the tragedy of the lost ones in New Zealand will be felt echoing. Whether the President is a symbol of white Supremacy is up in air.