The Buffalo Shooting and The Supreme Hypocrisy of Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch
We all should be concerned about the fascist instincts of the wealthiest 1%
When Elon Musk announced his bid to buy Twitter outright, a few weeks ago, the world wealthiest individual put free speech at the front, back and center of his actions.
In his head, he felt as though far too much latitude was given to far left groups in a way that far right groups did not have on Twitter and we all got the impression that once his takeover bid was done and dusted, Jack Dorsey’s former contraption would bend over backwards to accommodate right wing fringe voices.
It is pertinent to point out that this was no conjecture given that he had previously said that he would not moderate content, not unless it was illegal.
Fast forward to Saturday.
A teenage white male pulled up to a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, armed to the teeth and proceeded to shoot and kill as many Black folks as he could find.
In the end, ten people were killed and three were seriously injured. Of the thirteen people shot, 10 were Black.
Payton Gendron, the shooter was motivated by White replacement theory (via Wikipedia) which stipulates the following:
is a white supremacist conspiracy theory which states that there is a deliberate plot, often blamed on Jews, to promote miscegenation, marriage, mass non-white immigration, racial integration, low fertility rates, abortion, governmental land-confiscation from whites, organised violence, and eliminationism in white-founded countriesin order to cause the extinction of whites through forced assimilation,mass immigration, and violent genocide.Less frequently, black people, Hispanics, and Muslims are blamed for the secret plot, but merely as more fertile immigrants, invaders,or violent aggressors,rather than the masterminds.
But what was truly extraordinary about the new libertarian in charge of Twitter was his deafening silence about the white replacement theory manifesto being cited by Payton Gendron.
Not a tweet from Elon Musk.
I went back over the course of the weekend to check to see if the world’s wealthiest man had seen it fit to…