In 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people when he opened fire in a Charleston church. Roof admitted in his manifesto that the purpose of his mass shooting was to further the efforts of white supremacists to retake the United States for white people.
Last weekend, the El Paso shooter killed 22 people inside a Texas Walmart. In his alleged manifesto, he stated he was targeting Hispanics to put an end to “racial mixing” and prevent Texas from becoming too Democratic.
Roof wanted to “reclaim” the U.S for whites, but the El Paso shooter was looking to break apart the states into “a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race.”
These talks and ideas are not new by any means. In fact, you can look all the way back to the Andrew Jackson presidency and find the same notions.
The US’s first annexation outside North America came pre-Civil War (1857) via guano islands, with a total of 94 of these islands eventually annexed by 1902: pic.twitter.com/zjwfLYUdaw
— Casey Michel 🇰🇿 (@cjcmichel) April 17, 2019
A former assistant director of counterintelligence thinks everyone should be concerned by the surge in these ideas: “the fact that these people are talking about doing this should disturb Americans of all stripes.”
Christian Picciolini used to be a member of a white supremacist group, although he has since renounced those views, and he warns that violence may be on the horizon, “I think the closer we get to the 2020 election, the more scary it’s going to get.”
Picciolini thinks that a Democratic win in 2020 will increase the talks of secession, especially in red states, but his real worry is that some of the more unstable people belonging to these white supremacy groups will say turn violent because they are “tired of waiting.”