This Day in History

May 14, 2022: Buffalo Massacre

Time Periods: 2001-
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, a white supremacist killed ten people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. The shooter posted a racist manifesto online before targeting a majority-Black neighborhood.

As reported by DemocracyNow!, “His writings took heavily from conservative conspiracy theories that white people were in danger of being replaced by people of color.” Democracy Now! continues,

This so-called Great Replacement conspiracy theory has been promoted by major far-right media figures, including Tucker Carlson of Fox News. “What it does is create a dynamic where believers view immigrants and nonwhite people as an existential threat not only to themselves physically but to their position in society,” says Nikki McCann Ramírez, associate research director at Media Matters for America, who has researched how Carlson uses his show to launder white nationalist ideology.

[Read more at Democracy Now!]

Watch the Democracy Now! interview with longtime community activist and former mayoral candidate India Walton in the video Buffalo: India Walton on the Racist Massacre & Community’s Need for Gun Control, Good Jobs, Housing.

As reported by NPR’s This American Life, the ten lives lost that day were taken too early, their stories abruptly ended. Their names, ages, and details should be shared and remembered and their stories told. They are,

Celestine Chaney Deacon Heyward Patterson
Roberta Drury Aaron Salter Jr.
Andre Mackniel  Geraldine Chapman Talley
Katherine Massey Ruth Whitfield
Margus Morrison Pearl Young
Victims of the Buffalo Massacre of 2022

Top, left to right: Celestine Chaney, Roberta Drury, Andre Mackniel, Katherine Massey, Margus Morrison. Bottom, left to right: Heyward Patterson, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Ruth Whitfield, Pearl Young. Source: CNN