The Growing White Supremacist Menace

Rebecca Ulam Weiner, writing for Foreign Affairs on the threat white supremacy poses to not just Black people, but to all people of color and other minorities.

Late in the evening on April 11, the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department started receiving 911 calls about an imminent attack on one of their own. A man in a black Chevy truck was crisscrossing the area looking for a lone police officer to “ambush and execute” and streaming his search to Facebook Live. Using the video, police were able to quickly locate the truck. After a high-speed chase, 36-year-old Aaron Swenson surrendered to police, a search of his truck turning up several loaded firearms.

The ensuing investigation revealed that Swenson had been deeply immersed in the online culture of the so-called boogaloo bois: heavily armed men, often clad in armored vests and incongruously festive Hawaiian shirts, who in recent months have appeared at protests around the country against both COVID-19 lockdowns and police brutality. Swenson isn’t the only member to have embraced violence: on May 30, in Las Vegas, three boogaloo bois on their way to a Black Lives Matter protest were arrested with numerous firearms and Molotov cocktail ingredients—the trio have military backgrounds, and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two had plotted to firebomb a power substation. Last week, two men associated with the movement were charged in the killing of a courthouse guard in Oakland, California.

Weiner, Rebecca Ulam. (2020, June 23). The Growing White Supremacist Menace. Foreign Affairs. https://reader.foreignaffairs.com/2020/06/23/the-growing-white-supremacist-menace/content.html

It’s also important to note that Rebecca Ulam Weiner is an Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence Analysis at the NYPD Intelligence Bureau.

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