The Atlantic interviewed Christian Picciolini, a young man who jumped the white nationalism ship and have founded the Free Radicals Project where other former extremists counsel members of violent far-right organizations and help them leave their groups and their ideals. You read about his thoughts here.
Like most people, he was disturbed by the recent terrorist attack in El Paso motivated by the fear of a “Hispanic invasion”.
“That shooting, along with another one hours later, in which an attacker killed nine people over 30 seconds in Dayton, Ohio, renewed the clamor for gun-control laws that has become a grim ritual after such events. But Picciolini said that even if the U.S. could get a handle on its gun problem, terrorists can always find other ways. (Timothy) McVeigh had his car bomb, the September 11th hijackers had their airplanes, Islamic State attackers have suicide bombings, trucks, and knives. “I have to ask myself, Do we have white-nationalist airline pilots?” Picciolini said. “There have to be. I knew people in powerful positions, in politics, in law enforcement, who were secretly white nationalists. I think we’d be stupid and selfish to think that we don’t have those in the truck-driving industry.”
It’s a frightening thought to consider that white nationalists could employ the same means to send a message of terror to the world, but as we’ve seen with some of these terrorists, they are willing to die and take out as many people as possible for the sake of their beliefs. The irony – of course – is how many of their victims will be the same kind of people they believe are “endangered”. But I guess they think that they can’t make an omelet without breaking some white eggs.