Standing in Solidarity with the Buffalo Community
May 17, 2022
The world can be terrifying. The white supremacist attack in Buffalo, NY, where 10 Black people were murdered and 3 more were wounded, is utterly, incomprehensibly, painful. We are enraged and heartbroken.
With heavy hearts, we say the names of the victims whose lives were violently cut short:
- Roberta A. Drury, 32
- Margus D. Morrison, 52
- Andre Mackneil, 53
- Aaron Salter, 55
- Geraldine Talley, 62
- Celestine Chaney, 65
- Heyward Patterson, 67
- Katherine Massey, 72
- Pearl Young, 77
- Ruth Whitfield, 86
And we send love and healing to the victims who are recovering from this tragedy:
- Zaire Goodman, 20
- Jennifer Warrington, 50
- Christopher Braden, 55
At CRE, we firmly condemn white supremacy. We condemn the rhetoric of hate promulgated by right-wing media. And we condemn gun violence – evident in this domestic terrorist attack and also across the country.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community, low-income communities, and all those who stand against hate. We call on philanthropy to stand in solidarity, too – not just in words, but in action. We urge them to, in the words of Vu Le, “get serious about fighting white supremacy”.
We uplift Black-led nonprofits, organizers, and community members in Buffalo – as you tend to and care for each other after this devastating attack. We see you and we hear you.
Finally, we also grieve along with the families of those who have lost their lives or been harmed by other acts of violence over the weekend – from Houston to Laguna Hills.