The University of Notre Dame issued an announcement saying it is “appalled” that the suspect in the Buffalo grocery retailer shooting cited an article written by one of its professors in his diatribe earlier than he killed 10 folks.
Payton Gendron, 18, has been charged with homicide and is being held with out bail.
In 2013, John Gaski, affiliate professor at Notre Dame, wrote a commentary titled “A Discussion on Race, Crime and the Inconvenient Facts,” the place he makes claims of race-based rape and crime statistics however fails to quote the place he obtained his data.
A 180-page diatribe allegedly written by Gendron refers to one of the claims in Gaski’s article and hyperlinks to it. The diatribe, which officers are engaged on to confirm its authenticity, repeatedly cites the “great replacement theory,” a conspiracy idea that falsely claims white individuals are being changed.
On May 14, Gendron allegedly went to a grocery store in a majority Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, and opened fireplace, killing 10 and injuring three, most of them Black. The mass shooting is being investigated as a hate crime.
The Notre Dame connection got here to mild after comic Liz Hynes, a author on the “Last Week Tonight” present, posted on Instagram and Twitter about the article.
In the article, Gaski wrote, “Because the number of white-on-black rape is so low nationally in any given year, the ratio ranges from 100-to-1 to infinity.” This is the half cited in the diatribe.
Gaski doesn’t point out that rape and sexual violence are troublesome to measure as a result of the crime is underreported. He additionally supplies solely one quotation all through the article.
The article was written after George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, and it accuses distinguished leaders, together with Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, of “race-baiting.”
“This petty, intellectually dishonest piece, dripping in racial animus, has forever linked the University of Notre Dame to a white supremacist murderer,” Hynes wrote on her social media platforms three days after the mass shooting. “No marketing on earth can undo that. But an acknowledgment would be a start.”
On Thursday, Joel Curran, the college’s high spokesperson, issued the following statement from the college: “We are appalled that a 2013 article by John Gaski, an associate professor at Notre Dame, was cited by the perpetrator of the heinous murders of innocent people in Buffalo. Whatever professor Gaski’s intentions, we deeply regret that his words were used to support a doctrine of racial hatred. We urge all, at Notre Dame or elsewhere, to speak and act in ways that never give harbor to hatred and violence.”
On Friday, Gaski issued his own statement, printed on the college’s information webpage.
“It is sobering that a portion of an article I wrote in August 2013 was cited in the document composed by the Buffalo shooting suspect,” Gaski wrote. “It was, of course, never my intent to in any way incite violence — in fact, just the opposite. I also am appalled and deeply distressed that the information I provided is associated in any way with this young man’s horrific actions.”
An try to achieve Gaski by telephone was unsuccessful. He is listed as an affiliate professor of advertising and marketing in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business listing. In response to a request for remark, a Mendoza school spokesperson referred the Tribune to the faculty’s printed assertion.