Violence doesn’t drive people apart, it brings them together – New York Daily News

A survivor of the 2019 massacre in New Zealand has a message for the suspected Buffalo Tops shooter: Violence meant to keep people apart has instead the opposite effect.

Payton Gendron, 18, traveled about the same distance as Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant to reach his victims, and with the same alleged goal: to drive non-whites off the earth.

Tarrant killed 51 people on March 15, 2019, while worshiping.

Gendron allegedly killed 10 people while shopping and working.

Still recovering from nine gunshot wounds to the mouth, left arm and both legs, New Zealand survivor Temel Atacocugu has pointed out one of the many glaring flaws in their twisted white supremacist logic: violence doesn’t work.

In the aftermath of the 2019 shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Muslims and non-Muslims came together.

Rather than driving people apart, the shootings in both cases brought people together as they transcended their differences and embraced mutual grief, the ‘heartbroken’ survivor told The Associated Press following the massacre in Saturday on American soil.

Atacocugu had just completed a two-week trek along the 224-mile route Australian national Tarrant took from Dunedin, New Zealand to Christchurch to tackle three years ago.

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“Violence does not solve the problem,” Atacocugu said. “They should see this. People, including extremists, should see that violence solves nothing. Peace will remedy that. They must also learn to speak with the people around them.

When it emerged that Gendron had been inspired by Tarrant, who was able to livestream his outburst for 17 minutes, Atacocugu was triggered by the thought of that connection and suffered flashbacks to his own trauma, he said. he declares.

Atacocugu added that he was heartbroken for the families of the Buffalo victims and said governments around the world must work harder to stop extremism.

Gendron was reportedly influenced by what is known as replacement theory, which conveys the mistaken notion that white people are going to be “replaced” or diminished in American society as immigrants and minority groups take power. Falling white birth rates are also fueling this fear.

One proponent of this so-called theory is Tucker Carlson of Fox News, which regularly spreads misinformation about immigrants and other minority groups. He conveniently ignored the potential connection between his own rhetoric and Gendron’s alleged actions.

“I wanted to repair this damage,” Atacocugu said after covering the 224 miles on foot and by bike in March. “Because three years ago he started this journey with hate.”

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