Alleged Dallas Koreatown hate crime by black suspect results from ‘white supremacy replacement theorist,’ congresswoman says
Joyce Beatty, a US representative from Ohio who is also the chairwoman for the Congressional Black Caucus points to a shooting incident at a Dallas-based Korean hair salon as an example of terrorist activity. “white supremacy replacement theory.”This might make her claim questionable, as the shooter is an African man.
In a speech at Capitol Hill on Thursday, Beatty presented her theory on racially-motivated violence. She suggested that Republicans were encouraging mass shootings among non-whites as a result of their racist rhetoric. She cited the so-called Great Replacement theory – the notion that non-white people are being brought into the US and other Western countries to disenfranchise white voters.
Democrats have pointed out the massacre at Buffalo’s grocery store last week which left 10 dead, as evidence that replacement theory can be dangerous. The 18-year-old suspect ranted about the Great Replacement – among other beliefs similar to those of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi militias – before allegedly shooting 13 people, including 11 blacks.
“Republican leadership is not innocent, and whether they use a dog whistle or a bull horn, they do not get a pass,”Beatty spoke.
The congresswoman then cited another example and said, “On Monday, three people in a Korean-owned hair salon in Dallas were gunned by yet another white supremacy replacement theorist. We are seeing the pipeline from racist rhetoric to racist violence.”
The shooting at Dallas Koreatown took place on May 11th. The suspect, 36 year-old Jeremy Smith was already arrested this week. Smith, who is also suspected in two shootings of Asian-owned Dallas businesses, was responsible for the shooting that left three Asian women injured.
Smith, a black man, is facing federal hate crime and three counts of aggravating assault charges. The Dallas Morning News obtained a police affidavit that indicated Smith was prone to anti-Asian delusions.
“He begins having delusions that the Asian mob is after him or attempting to harm him,” Smith’s girlfriend told Dallas police, according to the affidavit. Smith, an Asian man, was dismissed from his job after he verbally attacked his boss. He then began to suffer. “panic attacks and delusions”After being in a collision with an Asian motorist, two years back.
Nevertheless, Beatty, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.California), and other top Democrat legislators stood behind her at the Capitol Steps. She pointed out the Koreatown massacre as an example of white supremacy. “Let’s hold people accountable,”Sie said. “Let’s hold the right people accountable, and that’s the Republican Party.”