CNN has a list of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.
How many mass shootings in the US have been motivated by white supremacism?
According to the CNN list, unless I missed it, I think there have been (arguably) a total of two mass shootings motivated by white supremacism: the Charleston church shootings (2015) that left 9 black church members dead and the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings (2018) that left 11 Jews dead.
(It sounds like experts don’t know what motivated the perpetrator behind the Las Vegas mass shootings which is the #1 worst mass shooting in US history. However, it couldn’t have been white supremacy inasmuch as the perpetrator murdered lots of white people.)
Neither the Charleston nor Pittsburgh massacres are in the top 10 of the deadliest mass gun shootings in the US. In fact, neither are in the top 20. Pittsburgh is #22, while Charleston is #26. As of this date, CNN lists a total of 37 mass shootings.
Charleston and Pittsburgh
Now, I think the Charleston church shootings were indeed motivated by racism. A white boy wanted to kill black churchgoers. That said, I have heard the perpetrator say things that could be construed to be pro-Asian. So it’s possibly more complicated than the simple narrative that he was a racist white supremacist.
In the case of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, it should be said anti-Semitism is not necessarily identical to white supremacy. Sure, both often go hand-in-hand, but they’re not necessarily one and the same. Indeed, weren’t most the Jews killed white Jews?
By contrast, judging by their lengthy personal manifestos, Anders Breivik and (it seems) Brenton Tarrant are white supremacists. Both seemed to have given considerably more thought to their actions than either the Charleston or Pittsburgh shooters. Breivik and Tarrant were more calculated, more prepared, more deliberate, and the like.
Breivik left 77 dead, while Tarrant left 49 dead (and counting?).
Breivik left more dead than any massacre in the US, while Tarrant has equaled the #2 spot in the United States and might even surpass it.
Interestingly, both are Breivik (Norway) and Tarrant (New Zealand) operated in nations well-known to be liberal/progressive. In fact, these are two nations that American progressives like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wish the United States would emulate.
Perhaps this is just a coincidence. Or, perhaps, does it say something about where white supremacy really thrives? Where the hotbed of white nationalism and supremacy truly lies? That is, right under the noses of the most progressive nations in the world. Perhaps, as David Wood argues, if progressives refuse to allow reasonable and civil debate, but rather shut down any opposing or contrary opinions, then their own citizens will have no way to make their political, social, and related grievances known except via violence and calls for revolution.
For example, if some or many citizens believe Muslim “refugees” need to be better vetted before being admitted into their nation, but progressives respond by calling them Islamophobic, stupid, immoral, and otherwise shaming them and shouting them down, then what outlet do they have so that they can make their concerns known? If progressives have refused to have a reasonable and civil debate about an issue, and instead shame and shout down the other side, then what other recourse do dissenting citizens have except to take matters into their own hands?
Democracy dies when politics becomes one-sided.
Trump is supposed to be the face of white supremacy.
However, the Charleston mass shootings was under Obama’s watch.
In addition, let’s note the perpetrator of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings dislikes Trump, considers Trump a “globalist” who is ruining the United States, and has said: “For the record, I did not vote for [Trump] nor have I owned, worn or even touched a MAGA hat.”
The main reason Trump won the American presidency is because he was able to win over the Rust Belt states. He was able to persuade them to vote for him rather than the Democrats as they had done for years and years. Many Americans living in the Rust Belt states felt that they couldn’t get a fair hearing to air their grievances. Not until Trump came along and said he’d fight for them. And, so far, he has.
However, in a nation where even the “conservative” party isn’t truly conservative, where it’s essentially voting for stronger vs. weaker shades of progressivism, then it may not be possible for conservatives to make their voices heard in the political system of their nation. That could boil over into violence and revolution if they feel they can’t vent their frustrations anywhere else.
Blacks and Jews
Given the Charleston and Pittsburgh mass shootings, it looks like American white supremacists target Jews and blacks rather than (say) Muslims. In fact, white Jews and black Christians.
I don’t see any mass shootings on the CNN list that specifically single out Muslims as targets. So far, Muslims have been safe from mass shootings in the US. Safer than white Jews and black Christians have been.
In fact, it’s the other way around: Muslims target Americans. The current #2 spot for deadliest mass shootings in US history is the Orlando mass shootings. This was committed by a lone Muslim gunman motivated by radical Islam.
Likewise the San Bernardino mass shootings were committed by devotees of Islam.
Same goes for the Fort Hood mass shootings committed by a radicalized American Muslim.
And Muslims don’t only target Americans, but other Westerners. The most obvious one is the Paris attacks in 2015 which left 130 dead. But there have been many others. It’s easy enough to Google.