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Why is no one talking about the alleged Tennessee church shooter’s religion?

Emanuel Samson is accused of killing one and wounding eight in a Tennessee church shooting. (CREDIT: AP PHOTO / METRO NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT)

On Sunday, a masked gunman opened fire on a church in Antioch, Tennessee. With one dead and eight others wounded, the attack was the largest mass shooting at a church since Dylann Roof’s 2015 killings.

The alleged shooter, who injured himself in the shooting, has been identified as Emanuel Samson, a 25-year-old U.S. resident who moved to the U.S. from Sudan in 1996. Samson, still in custody, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.

While the motives for Samson’s alleged involvement in the shooting remain unknown, far-right figures and outlets have been eager to play up the racial angle, noting that Samson is Afr...

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