Nationalism is always borne out of disruption. This disruption can take many forms, but it most commonly arrives alongside waves of immigration. America’s most xenophobic moments — like the immigrant Know-Nothing party of the 1850s, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 or Trump’s current authoritarian border regime — have come in response to large influxes of immigrants.
On Saturday, police in West Texas pulled over a motorist for failing to signal a turn. Instead of complying with the routine traffic stop, the man reportedly fired at police with an assault weapon and sped off. According to news reports, the man then began firing indiscriminately at other motorists and residents before hijacking a different vehicle and furthering the shooting spree for 20 miles through Odessa. Between the time the suspect was first confronted by police and the moment officers shot him dead in a theatre parking lot, he murdered seven innocent bystanders and wounded 22 others, including a 17-month-old girl and multiple law enforcement officers.