WNYC The Take Away
The U.S. lacks control when it comes directly to its own merit system, that is European immigration into the America without complaints or tracking. The massive number of Europeans in America is assumed that they are the real ‘Americans’ and European immigrants’ sheer number is acceptable to the American white population makeup without considering the feeling or the emotional well being of the others they have more than often insulted and oppressed.
October 29, 2018
Just last week, police arrested the man they believe is responsible for sending more than a dozen explosive packages to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama. The South Florida man is an outspoken supporter of President Trump and shared anti-Muslim messaging and memes through social media.
Just a few days later, a gunman killed two people at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The victims were black, the gunman was white. And when another person tried to intervene, the gunman said, “whites don’t kill whites,” and moved on. The gunman reportedly first tried to enter a black church but was unsuccessful.
And on Saturday, a gunman armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and three handguns opened fire inside the Tree of Life Congregation, a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. He killed 11 worshippers, many of whom were elderly, with some who had survived the Holocaust. It was the deadliest attack against the American Jewish community in decades.
On Monday, right before all of these events took place, President Trump proudly proclaimed he was a “nationalist.”
“You know, they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist,” Trump said at a campaign event in Houston, where he was supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for reelection for the midterm elections. “And I say, ‘Really? We’re not supposed to use that word.’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. OK? I’m a nationalist.”
It’s been a disheartening and troubling spree of violence and terror — and it all raises critical questions about the rise of white supremacist violence in our nation.
Mark Hetfield joins The Takeaway to discuss his reaction to Saturday’s mass shooting. Hetfield is the President and CEO of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helps and protects refugees all over the world.
The Takeaway is also joined by artist and community organizer Bree Newsome Bass.
Bruce Hoffman, senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations also joins The Takeaway.