Watching White Supremacists React to the Sikh Temple Shooting

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Even as details emerged that the shooter who terrorized a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin played in a white supremacist band and sported racist tattoos, members of the white supremacist forum Stormfront have bent over backwards to avoid any association with the shooting. We don't often hear white supremacists' take on the news--and usually, that's a good thing. But this time, we have a rare chance to examine how white supremacists process news that implicates their symbols and slogans with a horrific massacre. Since coverage of the shooting began on Sunday afternoon, participants in one main thread have hatched all sorts of strategies -- denial, conspiracy theories, silence, blind rage-- to evade responsibility for the kind of violence their ideology promotes. The rhetorical gymnastics and logical flights of fancy to deny any connection with this event have been staggering.

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