The wealthy white suburbs that the El Paso shooter called home have long been a hotbed for xenophobia and racism. He was an extreme but predictable expression of homegrown, mainstream Texas nativism.
Michael Phillips is a historian and the author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001.
The ultra-conservative pastor Robert Jeffress preaches white supremacy, misogyny, and homophobia. No wonder Donald Trump loves him.
Alt-right racist Richard Spencer personifies a common, if overlooked, phenomenon: the well-educated and well-off bigot.