The Urban Alliance on Race Relations expresses deep sorrow in response to the May 14 white supremacist attack in Buffalo, New York.
We honour those who lost their lives to this heinous act of violence: Roberta A. Drury, Margus D. Morrison, Andre Macknil, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Celestine Chaney. Heyward Paterson, Katherine Massey, Pearl Young, and Ruth Whitfield.
This horrific act of violence was a hate crime motivated by anti-Black racism and white supremacy. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, and those who have lost beloved family members, friends, role models, and community members. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, who were directly targeted by the white nationalistic ideals promoted by the perpetrator.
This attack was indicative of a rise in violence and hatred that have gone relatively unchecked, as anti-Black racism and white supremacist ideologies remain prevalent globally. The Urban Alliance on Race Relations calls for direct action to combat the violence and discrimination that target the Black community, both overtly and covertly.
We reaffirm our commitment to community building and anti-racist work, in order to do our part to deconstruct these hateful ideologies. Moreover, we pledge to continue working to combat anti-Black racism, systemic discrimnation, and white supremacist ideologies.