I am reminded of the fateful words of Frederick Douglass from a speech he delivered 170 years ago that still resonate very much in 2022 as African American and people of color in America continue the fight for the same equity and equality that this great abolitionist was waging in the mid-19th century.
Our hearts are broken for the city of Buffalo today, where a white supremacist opened fire at a Tops market on Saturday, killing 10 and injuring 3. Eleven of the victims were African American, including a 77-year-old grandmother who ran a food pantry, and an 86-year-old woman who was simply shopping for her husband who she is taking care of.
Unfolding is the grief, tragic loss, fear, anger, and pain from witnessing the racially motivated mass murder in Buffalo this weekend. We begin as we simply can - even when words fail to capture our feelings - by supporting one another, and by embracing our Western NY to world families left now to confront the horror of this act.