El Paso Suspect Patrick Crusius: Trump Fan Was Anti-‘Race Mixing’ | News One

The suspect in a deadly mass shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday was widely identified on the internet as a young white man whose social media activity showed support and sympathy for the president’s apparent white nationalist agenda. The name and photos of a man purported to be Patrick Crusius quickly circulated across Twitter in the hours after the shooting that first began outside a Walmart store at Cielo Vista Mall was first reported. If those reports were accurate, Crusius, allegedly a Texas native, just turned 21 last week.

Washington Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli tweeted a photo of the suspect she said law enforcement identified as being Patrick Crusius.

A law enforcement official in El Paso told me the Walmart shooter is in custody. Patrick Crusius of Dallas. Just turned 21 years old this week. pic.twitter.com/CEJh6rYij1

— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 3, 2019

While officials did not immediately announce the identity of the shooter, the Washington Examiner reported that “A law enforcement source in El Paso told the Washington Examiner that 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius from Dallas, Texas, has been taken into custody.”

A manifesto purportedly written by Crusius, perhaps even in the hours before the shooting attack that according to one report left at least 15 people dead, was left behind. Pages of the manifesto included anti-immigrant rhetoric with the author going into depth on why he is “against race mixing,” supports the idea to “send them back” and offering a prediction of “genocide.”

El Paso shooter clearly outlined his motives, political views, biography, and outlined his gear for the day of the attack on his computer.

Below is some of the manifesto he has written out prior to the attack today: #ElPaso #walmartshooting. His name is patrick crusius pic.twitter.com/fhV0hUi9tP

— call_me_ricky_ (@Rickyh180) August 3, 2019

Social media accounts allegedly belonging to Crusius were reportedly scrubbed in the hours before the attack at a mall.

But at least one tweet, apparently preserved by someone controlling an Twitter account, seemed to show he was in support of building President ‘s wall along the nation’s southern border.

Patrick Crusius wanted to build a wall. Hmm pic.twitter.com/7nKXCZbTFE

— JAM CITY Antifascist Action (@JamCityAntifa) August 3, 2019

The Shooter in El Paso according to a Sargent on the scene says the shooter is Patrick Crusius

If this is true, the Twitter account associated with Patrick is full of Trump and MAGA related postings.

Another right wing extremist motivated by xenophobia pic.twitter.com/2YIg8AnBh6

— Davis Schmiven (@WheresMyArk_23) August 3, 2019

The El Paso shooting was the second mass shooting in as many weeks reportedly attributed to white supremacists. Just last week, killed multiple people attending the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. That shooting and Saturday’s shooting in El Paso were the latest in a growing string of attempted and carried-out mass shootings attributed to overt pro-white racism that has soared since Trump was elected.

Similar to reports about Saturday’s shooter, Legan left behind social media posts that show he may have been a white supremacist or at least sympathized with the racist movement. The final social media post Legan made prior to the July 28 shooting endorsed a book that has been widely tied to white supremacist hate groups and ideology.

“Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to cater to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?” Legan wrote on a post to his now-deleted Instagram account before plugging the text “Might Is Right” by Ragnar Redbeard.

“Might Is Right” has been banned in multiple countries and essentially advocates for social Darwinism, or the idea that members of certain races or ethnicities are inherently better equipped for survival than others. Though the true author of the book is unknown, it first appeared in the 19th century and argued that the “white race” was biologically superior.


Real Media Literacy: Spotting a Fake News Story

In 2019, the prevalence of fake news and disinformation online is causing many educators to rethink how they teach critical thinking skills to students.

Do your students know how to “read” a news story they’ve come across on a website or in social media and evaluate the information the creators have presented?

Increasingly today, the ability to analyze and evaluate the techniques by the fake news creators is more important than ever. But are students receiving sufficient coaching and practice in questioning what they read?

Reading Laterally

Experts are now recommending that students read laterally, as opposed to vertically.  Lateral reading involves “the act of verifying what you’re reading as you’re reading it.” (Source)

For example, imagine you come across a data point on screen-time for children. Maybe the statistic sounds far-fetched (e.g., “Children ages 8-14 spend an average of 12.6 hours a day staring at a screen). Instead of continuing to read by either accepting the data without consideration or being skeptical and eroding the credibility of everything else you read from then on, ‘lateral reading’ would have you stop and fact-check that data point. (TeachThought)

Researchers from Stanford University agree and say that  today’s students must become like fact checkers. They observe that “lateral readers don’t spend time on the page or site until they’ve first gotten their bearings by looking at what other sites and resources say about the source at which they are looking.” (Source)  Want to know more? Download the free eBook Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers.

Deconstructing Any Media Content

Those of us in media literacy have recommended students ask these questions about all media messages, including those online:

These are important critical thinking questions, and you can locate a number of infographics online which use these questions, and others, all of which are designed to jump start student skepticism.

I recommend you post one of these “pay attention!” infographics at every computer at school. See for example the CRAAP Detection infographic or the HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS Infographic.

Lesson Idea: Teaching With Examples

Beginning in 2016, a number of news stories about the explosion of “fake news” have referenced the importance of incorporating media literacy instruction in our schools.

Here is an approach I have found useful. I take a “fake news” webpage or site, create a handout from it, and engage either teachers or students in an exercise where they are challenged to identify the techniques used to fool the visitor. In addition, I ask students to consider some media literacy-oriented critical thinking questions about the site and its contents.

I have converted a notorious fake website page (below) into a one page handout (you can download here) to provide a show-and-tell for you.

Website page recovered via the Wayback Machine (web.archive.org)

Will your students know instantly that this website content is fake?  Let’s do some analysis that models the “lateral thinking” strategy.

► Using the Obama “news” story above (click to enlarge), let’s start with the URL address. It is:


The source appears at first glance to be ABC NEWS, but notice the domain name .co indicating the country of Colombia in South America. A quick check on Google shows the real ABC News does not include a country designation in its URL.

► Second, have students study the fake ABC NEWS logo and compare it to the logo found at ABC.com. It resembles the real ABC News emblem, but it uses a detectably different font and different shape. It’s been designed to fool unsuspecting or inattentive readers and transfer the news organization’s credibility to this fake content.

► Third, have students locate the name of the author. Is/was Jimmy Rustling a real reporter for ABC NEWS? Do some quick searching to find out.

► Fourth, have students consider the headline.  At the time this story appeared online, a reader should have asked themselves: Have I seen, read or heard anywhere else, from any other news source, that the President signed such an executive order? If not, does that make sense? This should be another red flag.

► Next, have your students consider the photo. In this case, it is a real image of Obama signing an executive order. By conducting a Google Image search (using a search string like “President Obama signs executive order”), students may be able to discover the exact image and read the authentic caption associated with it, revealing that this image has been appropriated for false use.

► Readers could also do a simple search for “Executive Order 13738” mentioned in the article and discover at the Federal Register website that the real EO was an amendment to an earlier EO regarding fair pay and safe workplaces. Nothing to do with the Pledge.

► Finally, ask students to notice the dateline, Washington DC, followed by the letters AP, which stand for the Associated Press news agency.  By citing AP, a venerable and respected media service, the author again hopes the unsuspecting reader will not question the story’s authenticity. In this case, a quick search of AP.com stories for the date range shown will help confirm it’s a fake.

To learn more about this particular fake news story – and about a good resource to share with students – visit this post at the FactCheck.org website, which suggests the post was “satirical” because it contained some nonsense text in the second half of the story. You might ask students if they would typically read that far or would (at most) depend on headline, photo, and the first few paragraphs.

Another fact-checking source, Snopes.com, described the story as “an old hoax” used by “malware spreaders.” A Google search on the day I’ve posted this article revealed that some extremist websites still present this story as true.

A Healthy Skepticism

With the 2020 election season underway, fake news and deceptive social media posts, photos and videos are expected to become commonplace. It is more important than ever that educators consider how to best help 21st century “digital natives” acquire the critical thinking and “healthy skepticism” skills they will need today and tomorrow to function as citizens.

Other Resources

Frank W Baker is a media literacy educator and consultant. His book Close Reading The Media: Literacy Lessons and Activities for Every Month of the School Year (Routledge, 2018) has been recommended by the School Library Journal. (Use discount code MWEB1 at checkout on routledge.com for 20% off.)

Chick-fil-A store owner raises base pay to $17 an hour “living wage” – CBS News

The owner of a Chick-fil-An area in Sacramento, The golden state, calls it a “living wage.” In Eric Mason’s view, that would certainly be $17 or $18 a hr, which is what he swears he’ll be paying his employees, beginning Monday, June 4. The price stands for a large rise for workers now making $12 to $13 a hr.

“As the owner, I’m taking a look at it big-picture and lasting,” Mason told a brand name understood for its customer support that remains in a sector that had a 73 percent turnover rate in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Stats.” What we are mosting likely to be trying to find is people attempting to elevate households,”Mason claimed. “Perhaps they can work just one job

.”The average hourly pay for fast-food employees in the U.S. is$8.26, according to PayScale, really did not equal regional earnings, and also recently claimed it never meant the increase to be “a plan afterwards.”

There are more than 2,200 Chick-fil-A restaurants across the U.S., the majority of them possessed by franchisees. A Chik-fil-A spokesman noted that Mason’s $17 to $18 a hr wage floor was his call, not the business’s.

“Chick-fil-A restaurants are independently possessed as well as run, so wage decisions are made at the local degree,” the spokesman claimed, adding that “most of our owner/operators started their professions as per hour employee.”

Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris – BBC News

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A major fire has engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks.
The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, officials say.
Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze as teams try to salvage the artwork stored inside.
President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
Officials say it could be linked to the renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable.
Paris prosecutor’s office said it had opened an inquiry into “accidental destruction by fire”. A firefighter was seriously injured while tackling the blaze. Follow our live updates In pictures: Blaze at Notre-Dame
Visibly emotional, Mr Macron said the “worst had been avoided” and vowed to launch an international fundraising scheme to rebuild the cathedral.
How did the fire spread?
The fire began at around 18:30 (16:30 GMT) and quickly reached the roof of the cathedral, destroying its stained-glass windows and the wooden interior before toppling the spire.
Some 500 firefighters worked to prevent one of the bell towers from collapsing. More than four hours later, fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the main structure had been “saved and preserved” from total destruction. The massive cost of restoring Notre-Dame
Sections of the cathedral were under scaffolding as part of the extensive renovations and 16 copper statues had been removed last week.
Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said the building had suffered “colossal damages”, and teams were working to save the cathedral’s remaining artwork.
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Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV that “invaluable heritage” had been destroyed, adding: “Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre-Dame. We can be only horrified by what we see”.
How have people reacted?
Thousands of people gathered in the streets around the cathedral, observing the flames in silence. Some could be seen openly weeping, while others sang hymns or said prayers.
Several churches around Paris rang their bells in response to the blaze, which happened as Catholics celebrate Holy Week.
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Because of the fire, Mr Macron cancelled a speech on TV in which he was due to address the street protests that have rocked France for months.
Visiting the scene, the president said the cathedral was a building “for all French people”, including those who had never been there.
“We’ll rebuild Notre-Dame together”, he said as he praised the “extreme courage” and “professionalism” of the firefighters.
A symbol of a country
Analysis by Henri Astier , BBC World Online
No other site represents France quite like Notre-Dame. Its main rival as a national symbol, the Eiffel Tower, is little more than a century old. Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s.
It has given its name to one of the country’s literary masterpieces. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is known to the French simply as Notre-Dame de Paris.
The last time the cathedral suffered major damage was during the French Revolution. It survived two world wars largely unscathed.
Watching such an embodiment of the permanence of a nation burn and its spire collapse is profoundly shocking to any French person. Read more from Henri
Facts about Notre-Dame The church receives almost 13 million visitors each year, more than the Eiffel Tower A Unesco World Heritage site, it was built in the 12th and 13th centuries Several statues of the facade of the Catholic cathedral were removed for renovation The roof, which has been destroyed by the blaze, was made mostly of wood Read more about the treasures of the cathedral
What has been the international reaction?
The Vatican expressed “shock and sadness,” adding that it was praying for the French fire services.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered her support to the people of France, calling Notre-Dame a “symbol of French and European culture”.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a tweet : “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral”.
Also on Twitter, US President Donald Trump said it was “horrible to watch” the fire and suggested that “flying water tankers” could be used to extinguish the blaze.
In an apparent response, the French Civil Security service said that was not an option as it might result in the collapse of the entire building.