THE BUFFALO MASS SHOOTING VICTIMS: TOP ROW: CELESTINE CHANEY, ROBERTA DRURY, ANDRE MACKNIEL, KATHERINE MASSEY, MARGUS MORRISON. BOTTOM ROW: HEYWARD PATTERSON, AARON SALTER, GERALDINE TALLEY, RUTH WHITFIELD, PEARL YOUNG.
In a little over three hours, a person in Pittsburgh could drive to Buffalo, New York.
In a little over three hours, a person in Conklin, N.Y., could drive to Buffalo.
In a little over three hours, a severely-misguided, racist coward did drive from Conklin, N.Y., to Buffalo, and set out to kill Black people.
Which he did. Ten Black people, to be exact, at a grocery store. Three others have so far survived their injuries.
But a strike against one Black community is a strike against all Black communities. This time, on this otherwise peaceful, happy-go-lucky Saturday afternoon, May 14, the attack just happened to occur in Buffalo.
It could have happened in any Black community.
The New Pittsburgh Courier firmly stands with the Black community in Buffalo, who are reeling from this heinous attack by an 18-year-old White man whom the Courier refuses to name.
“In America, evil will not win, I promise you,” President Joe Biden said in Buffalo after visiting the growing memorial site out side the Tops grocery store, May 17. “Hate will not prevail, White supremacy will not have the last word.”
President Biden named all of the victims during his speech: “Celestine Chaney, 65, brain cancer survivor, churchgoer, bingo player, went to buy strawberries to make her favorite shortcake. Loving mother and grandmother; Roberta Drury, 32, beloved daughter and sister. Moved back home to take care of her brother after his bone marrow transplant. She went to buy groceries for dinner. The center of attention who made everyone in the room laugh and smile when she walked in; Andre Mackniel, 53, worked at a restaurant, went to buy his 3-year-old son a birthday cake. His son celebrating a birthday, asking, ‘Where’s Daddy?’”
TOPS GROCERY MARKET, THE SCENE OF THE MASS SHOOTING ON MAY 14 IN BUFFALO.
President Biden continued: “Katherine Massey, 72, a writer, an advocate who dressed up in costumes at schools and cut the grass in the park and helped in local elections. The glue of the family and the community; Margus Morrison, 52, school bus aide. Went to buy snacks for weekly movie night with the family, survived by his wife and three children and his stepdaughter. The center of their world; Heyward Patterson, 67, father, church deacon, fed the homeless at the soup kitchen. Gave rides to the grocery store for neighbors who needed help. Putting food in the trunk of others when he took his final breath; Aaron Salter, 55, retired Buffalo police officer for three decades. Loved electric cars, a hero who gave his life to save others on a Saturday afternoon, and had that man (the shooter) not been wearing that bulletproof vest, a lot of lives would have been saved. A beloved father and husband; Geraldine Talley, 62, expert banker and known for her warm, gentle personality, a friend to everybody, a devoted mother and grandmother; Ruth Whitfield, 86, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sang in the church choir, caretaker of her husband, bringing him clean clothes, cutting his hair, holding his hand every day as she visited him in the nursing home. Heart as big as her head; Pearl Young, 77, a mother, grandmother, missionary of God, public school teacher who also ran a local food pantry. Loved singing, dancing and her family.”
President Biden later remarked: “Jill (Biden) and I have come to stand with you, and to the families, we have come to grieve with you. Now’s the time for people of all races, from every background, to speak up as a majority and American and reject White supremacy.”
The president called White supremacy “a poison” and reiterated that, “We need to say as clearly and forcefully as we can that the ideology of White supremacy has no place in America. None.”