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Monday, November 28, 2022

Emotional Biden condemns racist mass shooting in Buffalo as ‘terrorism’

Emotional Biden condemns racist mass shooting in Buffalo as 'terrorism'

BUFFALO, NY – Racist conspiracy theories led to the murder of 10 people inside a supermarket by a white teen, not far from where President Joe Biden urged the nation to stand up against a rising tide of violent hatred .

“Speak as a majority in America and condemn white supremacy. We cannot allow them to destroy the state of America, the position of our country,” Biden said. “We have to refuse to live in a country where Black people going weekly grocery shopping can be killed by weapons of war deployed in racist causes.”

Biden ended a meeting with the families of the victims of Saturday’s shooting and praised everyone who died. He got emotional as he recalled the story of a father who was killed inside a Topps supermarket for fetching a birthday cake for his 3-year-old son.

“In America, evil cannot win, I promise you. Hate will not prevail, and white supremacy will not have the last word,” Biden said during his remarks.

The president and First Lady arrived in Buffalo earlier Tuesday morning and first went to the grocery store, where 18-year-old Peyton Gendron killed 10 people and injured three others.

Dr. Jill Biden stepped out of her vehicle and placed a bouquet of white flowers at a makeshift memorial across the street from the supermarket. Then the President and the First Lady stood up to pay tribute to him.

During his remarks, the president called the shooting a “killer stampede” and dubbed it “domestic terrorism.” He called on people to condemn white supremacy.

Moments before Biden took the stage, a large crowd of residents of the DelaVon gridder community were shouting for the president to be more determined in fixing America’s racial problems.

“Somebody in this crowd tell me what has changed since George Floyd? Somebody raise your hand,” 26-year-old resident David Lewis asked the crowd.

“Nothing,” he and the others replied.

Gendron was heavily armed with tactical gear. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said he livestreamed his actions. He used a sharp weapon during the firing.

Eleven of the 13 people who shot Gendron were black, aged between 20 and 86. One victim was a former police officer who attempted to stop Gendron but was eventually hit by gunfire.

Gendron shot four people outside the grocery store, then went inside and shot nine more people. When confronted by the police, he took off some of the tactical gear he was wearing and surrendered.

White supremacist Gendron posted a manifesto spreading racial hatred. He claimed to have been radicalized on the Internet when he was bored during the pandemic, and believes in the apparently racist Great Replacement theory, which holds that white people were intentionally replaced by those Going to those who are not white.

Gendron was charged with first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty on Saturday. His next court date is Thursday.

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