“I’m a white Australian,” writes Rachel Withers for Slate. “I know that blaming myself and my cohort is illogical, but I can’t escape the feeling that all of white Australia is implicated in the deaths — a white majority that has fomented and let foment hate.”
Ms. Withers asserts that the responsibility for the lethal attacks does not lie with the shooter alone, nor even with “those who have stoked the international spread of white-supremacist ideology” such as Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Donald Trump Jr.
“Brenton Tarrant was an Aussie through and through, growing up in a country town north of Sydney, steeped in mainstream Australian racism and our particular national brand of Islamophobia,” Withers laments.
“I grew up steeped in the same environment, just two years younger than Tarrant, and when I was a child the omnipresent racism seemed, well, normal to me,” she adds.
And Tarrant did not carry out the attacks just in his own name, Withers insists, but “in the name of white Australia.”