Biden calls Buffalo shooting ‘Terrorism’ and says: ‘White supremacy is a poison’

Epigraph:

Every human life is precious and sacred and killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32)

By Maegan Vazquez and Kate Sullivan, CNN

Updated 1713 GMT (0113 HKT) May 17, 2022

(CNN) President Joe Biden on Tuesday did not hesitate to call the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, an act of domestic terrorism, condemning the racist ideology of the suspected shooter.

“White supremacy is a poison, it’s a poison … running through our body politic,” Biden said, adding that silence is “complicity.”

“And it’s been allowed to grow and fester right before our eyes. No more, no more. We need to say as clearly and as forcefully as we can that the ideology of White supremacy has no place in America. None.”

He added, “In America, evil will not win, I promise you. Hate will not prevail. White supremacy will not have the last word. The evil did come to Buffalo and it’s come to all too many places, manifested in gunmen who massacred innocent people in the name of hateful and perverse ideology, rooted in fear and racism. It’s taken so much.”

Speaking at the close of his visit to the city, the President remembered each of the victims of the shooting at a grocery store frequented by a largely Black clientele, becoming visibly emotional as he described how they were remembered by their families and their community.

Among the victims, he described how Celestine Chaney was in the store to buy strawberries to make a shortcake, how Roberta Drury moved back home to help her brother who had a bone marrow transplant and was buying groceries for dinner, and how Andre Mackniel “went to buy his 3-year-old son a birthday cake.”

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