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Mass Shootings and White Supremacy

Flowers and candles and a yellow sign declaring "Teach Tolerance" at a makeshift memorial in Buffalo, N.Y. to honour the victims of the mass shooting there in mid-May 2022.
A makeshift memorial in Buffalo, New York. Photograph: Usman Ukalizai, AFP/Getty Images

The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) joins with so many others in grief and outrage following the mass murders in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.

On May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, an 18-year-old self-declared white supremacist gunmatargeted Black people at a grocery store with an assault rifle. Following the slaughter of 10 people, an online manifesto and journal posted by the perpetrator made it clear that this was a premeditated hate crime against Black people in Buffalo.

Ten days later, on May 24, there was another mass shooting, this time at a grade school in Uvalde, Texas. The Uvalde shooter killed 19 children and two women who were teachers. It was eventually revealed that the shooter identified as an incel, or “involuntary celibate.” He was homophobic, transphobic, and openly racist.

These shootings have brought renewed calls for legislation in the U.S. to have mandatory background checks for gun purchases as well as restricting the sales of semi-automatic weapons. However, these incidents are not just about gun violence.

The shooter in Buffalo was inspired by the “great replacement theory,” an antisemitic conspiratorial idea that posits that Black and Brown immigrants will replace white populations and that this conspiracy is orchestrated by Jews. Consider the attack on

the Québec City Mosque (2017), the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh (2018), the van attack in Toronto (2018), the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand (2019), and the attack targeting Mexicans in El Paso, Texas (2019) — all of these horrific crimes share an underlying ideology of hate, be it racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, misogyny, or homophobia and transphobia.

We at the United Jewish People’s Order know that our safety is dependent on

solidarity with other targeted and marginalized groups of people. There has been a continuing upsurge in far-right organizing in Canada, the U.S. and globally. What

was once considered a fringe element has now been mainstreamed.

We must recommit ourselves to uniting in solidarity with other targeted communities because, we keep each other safe. The time is now.

May all their memories be a blessing.

Roberta A. Drury of Buffalo, N.Y. age 32

Margus D. Morrison of Buffalo, N.Y. age 52

Andre Mackneil of Auburn, N.Y. age 53

Aaron Salter of Lockport, N.Y. age 55

Geraldine Talley of Buffalo, N.Y. age 62

Celestine Chaney of Buffalo, N.Y. age 65

Heyward Patterson of Buffalo, N.Y. age 67

Katherine Massey of Buffalo, N.Y. age 72

Pearl Young of Buffalo, N.Y. age 77

Ruth Whitfield of Buffalo, N.Y. age 86

Jacklyn “Jackie” Cazares of Uvalde, Texas age 9

Uziyah Garcia of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Xavier Lopes of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Eliahna Cruz Torres of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Jose Flores of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Jailah Silguero of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Jayce Luevanos of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Amerie Jo Garza of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Alithia Ramirez of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Tess Mata of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Makenna Lee Elrod of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Nevaeh Bravo of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Rojelio Torres of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Maite Rodríguez of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Maranda Mathis of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Annabell Rodrigues of Uvalde, Texas age 10

Layla Salazar of Uvalde, Texas age 11

Eva Mireles of Uvalde, Texas age 44

Irma Garcia of Uvalde, Texas age 48

May 31, 2022

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