In Buffalo, Biden Repeatedly Blasts White Supremacy

He spoke to victims' families, local officials, and first responders
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2022 1:25 PM CDT
In Buffalo, Biden Repeatedly Blasts White Supremacy
President Biden speaks at the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, following Saturday's shooting at a supermarket.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Biden on Tuesday spoke in Buffalo, offering lengthy comments in the wake of an attack at a Tops supermarket that killed 10 Black people. The Washington Post reports Biden repeated a story he has told before, about how the white pride march in Charlottesville in 2017 was one of the main factors in his decision to run for president. "White supremacy is a poison," Biden said, "and it’s been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes. No more." Other standout lines from Biden that decried white supremacy, per the AP and the New York Times:

  • "The American experiment in democracy is in danger like it hasn’t been in my lifetime. It's in danger this hour. Hate and fear being given too much oxygen by those who pretend to love America but who don't understand America."
  • "In America, evil will not win, I promise you. Hate will not prevail. And white supremacy will not have the last word."

  • "What happened here is simple and straightforward: Terrorism. Terrorism. Domestic terrorism,” said Biden. “Violence inflicted into the service of hate and the vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group, a hate that through the media and politics, the internet, has radicalized angry, alienated, lost and isolated individuals into falsely believing that they will be replaced.” (It's a reference to this.)
  • "Jill 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."
(More Buffalo stories.)

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