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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Racist Murder Inspired by Trump’s Rhetoric

Mar 6, 2017

Two men, originally from India, were shot at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed while Alok Madasani was wounded, along with 24-year-old Ian Grillot who tried to intervene. They were shot by a white, ex-Navy man, Adam Purinton.

The two men were hanging out, drinking whiskey when Purinton began harassing them. “What visa are you here on? Are you legal? Get out of my country.” After other patrons complained, Purinton was thrown out, only to return later and start shooting.

Purinton later told an Applebee’s bartender 70 miles away that “he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.” So he apparently thought the two were Iranian.

President Trump just got through making a speech about “violent” immigrants, reinforcing his call for building a wall along the southern border, and banning people from seven countries from entering the U.S.; a list that includes Iranians. So while White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, rejected any link between President Trump’s policy agenda and the shooting, there clearly is a link.

Trump talks about the violence between native-born and immigrants. And there is violence. What he doesn’t say is that immigrants are most often the victims of that violence and not the reverse.