Until All of Us Are Safe

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Until All of Us Are Safe

Categories: News, Social Justice, Statement

In the aftermath of the recent racially motivated massacre in Buffalo, New York, we took a necessary moment to pause and process this trauma. For Black people and other communities of color across our city and nation, the continuous string of lynchings is not just extremely heartbreaking, but also a constant reminder that we are not safe as long as our culture continues to cultivate an environment that produces and normalizes domestic terrorism.On May 14, 2022, 10 lives were taken, and 3 others injured, in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. Eleven of the victims were Black. The shooter, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, targeted Black people as his victims, which is how we know what we know: that this was not a random occurrence in the string of violent mass shootings that have become the norm of American culture, but rather a targeted bout of violence against Black people.Gun violence in this country disproportionately victimizes communities of color and marginalized groups. Yet, Americans still struggle to reckon with the violent nature of white supremacy that is always underpinned in these tragedies. White supremacy is a threat to the lives of our people, and to the peace of the nation as a whole.We know that Buffalo alone is not hurting right now, and our hearts are with all victims and communities of color who experienced race-based shootings this past weekend. Tragically, it has become normalized to expect this type of violence. But we reject this norm, and we dare to imagine a world without gun violence and white supremacy. We call on Congress to pass legislation that would restrict the access of guns to violent offenders.Until all of us are safe, none of us are safe. Black people deserve to live in safety and peace and in thriving communities that are not plagued by the gun violence epidemic and white supremacy. Now is the time for Congress to hear us and help keep us safe.