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Buffalo mass shooting - How political and cultural forces perpetuate conspiracy theories

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This is the first of several conversations about the mass shooting in Buffalo. This hour, we discuss how people like the 18-year-old alleged gunman become radicalized to believe conspiracy theories like the 'great replacement theory.' In the 180-page statement he posted online, the teen referenced this and other conspiracy ideologies like white genocide.

We discuss the political and cultural forces that perpetuate this type of thinking. Our guests:

  • Seyward Darby, author of "Sisters in Hate: American Women and White Extremism"
  • Joseph Henderson, associate professor of social sciences in the Department of Environment & Society at Paul Smith's College
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.