Tragic and brutal acts of terrorism targeting Black people, like the shooting Saturday in Buffalo, happen in America because we collectively refuse to acknowledge white supremacy. It is the rot that eats at the soul of our nation. These acts are not the result of any single, unstable man but of a poisoned system, a debased political structure, and a media ecosystem that fuels hate and resentment against “others” and refuses to see the humanity of Black people, people of color, immigrants, and transgender people.
Black people can’t even go to the grocery store without terror or risking horrifying violence. A grandmother, a community leader, a cancer survivor, a dad just trying to buy a birthday cake for his toddler.
The victims' names are important to acknowledge and say:
- Celestine Chaney, 65
- Roberta Drury, 32
- Andre Mackneil, 53
- Katherine Massey, 72
- Margus D. Morrison, 52
- Heyward “Tenney” Patterson, 67
- Aaron Salter, 55
- Geraldine Talley, 62
- Ruth Whitfield, 86
- Pearl Young, 77
They join a long list of victims who came before them. The struggle of our time is to confront the forces of white supremacy and systemic racism that, day after day, add name after name to that list.
Black people and people of color deserve to exist freely in the world without hate. We must dismantle white supremacy.