Los Angeles Times Columnist Can't Believe Texas Shooter Was Latino

Gustavo Arellano blames American values for shooter's bloody rampage

Gustavo Arellano / Wikipedia

A Los Angeles Times columnist expected the Texas elementary school shooter to be a "white supremacist" and was disappointed to learn he was a Latino.

"When I heard that a gunman had killed multiple schoolchildren in a predominantly Latino town in Texas, I immediately thought: white supremacist," Gustavo Arellano wrote in a Wednesday column. "How could I not?"

Arellano said his "stomach dropped" when he learned the mass shooting was in fact carried out by an 18-year-old Latino named Salvador Rolando Ramos. In an attempt to explain why a "Latino-on-Latino mass school shooting" would take place, Arellano blamed the tragedy on Ramos's assimilation into American culture.

"What Ramos did—stemming from a pathology found almost nowhere else on Earth—is as American as apple pie."

In a May interview with a Chinese propaganda outlet, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., high school shooting who has since become a liberal activist said the United States is a "white supremacist country." The comments were made following a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.

"This is a white supremacist country," Ryan Deitsch told the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party shill. "Our constitution was written by slave owners and white supremacists. We continue to uphold these doctrines."