The existence of a racist manifesto reportedly posted online by an 18-year-old white male before he killed ten people in a mass shooting rampage in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York shows the limits of a "lone wolf" theory explaining how people are radicalized, a CNN homeland security analyst explained on Saturday.
Juliette Kayyem was interviewed about a 106-page manifesto pushing the "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory that was reportedly written by the suspect whose rampage is being investigated as a hate crime.
CNN's Pamela Brown interviewed Kayyem after the network's Brian Stelter reported the online video company Twitch confirmed the suspect live-streamed the shooting.
"There's two issues going on. So you can say that someone acted alone and that's what we tend to think of as lone wolf, that it's not five people or ten people or orchestrated attack. But the idea of a lone wolf, I think, I've been saying for a couple of years should be put to rest, because in every single one of these cases, you're seeing an apparatus that essentially supported their hate," she explained.
"Now that might not have been an apparatus that told them to do this on that date, but these are people who are getting radicalized by an ecosystem of hate. This is what the FBI has been documenting for over a decade, it's what we mean in government when we refer to violent extremism," she explained. "Lone wolf makes it sound like they woke up one day and just decided to kill a bunch of Black people. That just doesn't happen."
"The reason why the manifesto is relevant is it will show where did that apparatus and the hate come from," she explained. "Lone wolf excuses an apparatus of hate that exists in this country and is the number one terror threat in this country right now."
That apparatus was in full display in 2021 when Fox News personality Tucker Carlson pushed the same "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory. When the Anti-Defamation League called on the network to fire the host, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called the ADL "a racist organization" and claimed Carlson "is CORRECT about Replacement Theory as he explains what is happening to America."
.@TuckerCarlson is CORRECT about Replacement Theory as he explains what is happening to America.\n\nThe ADL is a racist organization.https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/sep/25/tucker-carlson-fox-news-anti-defamation-league?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1\u00a0\u2026— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz) 1632588759
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