Classroom Resource Collection: The El Paso Shooting and Anti-immigrant Hate

UPDATED AUGUST 12, 2019, 9:15am

On August 3, 2019, news of two mass shootings, the first in El Paso, Texas and the second one in Dayton, Ohio, relayed around the world. While the motives of the shooter in Dayton remain unclear, reports about the motives of the perpetrator in El Paso have focused on a 2,300 word “anti-immigrant screed” or hate-filled manifesto. The New York Times summarized the contents this way, “It spoke of a ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas.’ It detailed a plan to separate America into territories by race. It warned that white people were being replaced by foreigners.”

Some scholars and journalists see links between the language used by the President on immigration and the language in the manifesto. Others have focused on the long history and threats from white supremacist hate and violence.

In a press conference on Monday, August 5, Trump condemned hatred which he explains, “warps the mind” and called for bipartisan solutions to hate and violence.

Excerpt from President Trump’s remarks on the shooting in El Paso, August 5, 2019.

To help educators make sense of these issues with their students, we have collected a selection of news resources in the aftermath of the massacre. The articles raise a number of key questions directly tied to the Re-imagining Migration learning arc. They include:

What are the public stories of migration and how do they influence people’s perspectives and behaviors?

    • What messages about migration are people hearing through media and thought leaders?
    • How can we assess whether available public stories about migration are reliable and representative?
    • How do stories of migration influence how people think and (re)act?

News reports about the massacre in El Paso

Articles about anti-immigrant language and the shooting

8 Chan and Online Forums and Hate

Impact on El Paso and Latinos in the United States

Tools for Educators