May 17, 2022
Family Promise’s Racial Justice Council recently released the following statement, on behalf of the Family Promise network, addressing the mass shooting and hate crime in Buffalo, NY. The horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, NY over the weekend was a hate crime on the Black community. The gunman made it known–through his words and actions–that he was targeting Black people. The race-based attack has left us devastated, irate, frustrated, and fearful. Our sobering reality is that hate crimes against Black Americans are not uncommon in the United States. In fact, the FBI reported that hate crimes are at their highest rates in over 12 years with anti-Black hate crimes being the highest. Centuries of systemic oppression that started as overt hate during slavery and Jim Crow has evolved into subtle but equally insidious racism today, from microaggressions to murder.