US President Joe Biden has condemned white supremacy, the media, the internet and politics for spreading racist conspiracy theories, mourning the killing of 10 African Americans in Buffalo, New York.
Peyton Hendron, an 18-year-old white teenager, is accused of opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle in a predominantly African-American area of Buffalo.
Authorities say he committed an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” on Saturday at the Tops Friendly Market when he shot dead 13 people.
Hendron was jailed on bail on a first-degree murder charge.
He pleaded not guilty.
“The predominance of whites is poison. It is poison – in fact – it flows in our political body,” said Biden, who spoke a few minutes after meeting with the victims’ families and first service staff.
“Ideologies of white supremacy have no place in America. No ».
Investigators say they are reviewing Hendron’s online publications, which include a 180-page manifesto believed to be based on the “Big Swap” conspiracy theory, in which white people were deliberately replaced by minorities through immigration to the United States and elsewhere.
“Hatred and fear give too much oxygen to those who claim to love America,” Biden said, blaming politics and profits.
“Now is the time for people of all races, of all backgrounds, to speak out as the majority in America and reject white supremacy,” he said.
“What happened here is simple and clear: terrorism, terrorism, internal terrorism,” he said.
Biden, along with his wife Jill and various New York political leaders, stopped at a memorial erected under a tree to pay their respects near the supermarket where the gun exploded.
Buffalo’s scene was too familiar for Biden, who once again took on the role of chief comforter.
In his speech, he said he knew something about what the families of the victims were going through, apparently referring to the death of his son Bo Biden.
A spokesman for the White House National Security Council said Monday that the administration was implementing “a nationwide national strategy to combat domestic terrorism, which President Biden ordered to develop for his national security group on his first full day in office, recognizing it as the most pressing threat to terrorism.” which the United States is facing today. “
A senior FBI spokesman told Congress in November that the bureau was conducting about 2,700 investigations into domestic violent extremism, and the Justice Department said in January that it was setting up a new unit to fight domestic terrorism.