Buffalo Community Fridges has a Target Registry. the get involved page says they prefer physical donations of unexpired food over monetary donations, but if youre like me and not anywhere near buffalo, you can help with this.
I don't want to hear excuses or explanations to "soften the blow".
This was a hate crime. This man meticulously premeditated his attack, wrote a full out manifesto, drove hours to a neighborhood that's predominantly black with the sole intention of killing folks. And live-streamed the whole thing as well.
Don't call him a shooter. Call him what he is: a terrorist.
13 were shot. Ten are dead and three have non fatal wounds. The white supremacists who commit these atrocities are always radicalized online now, but everyone and their mother will pretend like this was an isolated event that has no bearing on the prevalence of white supremacy in society and no connection to online radicalization.
Even the way people are radicalized is approached in an extreme way that I'm convinced is meant to purposely frustrate any attempts to do something about white radicalization online. Everyone thinks a white kid just suddenly dives into these mysterious white supremacist circles and comes out a little bit later willing to murder Black people because of the color of our skin.
It starts with All those 4chan sites and subreddits and that do that """ironic evil""", all those jokes from edgelords where apparently it's okay to dehumanize Black and Jewish people as long as they're being """ironic""" about it. Entire TV shows where Black people and Jews' pain is just a punchline or a gag. These people are desensitized to everything we've suffered through and the real kicker is that lots of y'all on here or twitter or Facebook or fucking Pinterest refuse to just admit that the edgelord humor, the """ironic""" shit, all lead to white supremacist enclaves online where white boys are then exposed to shit like the great replacement and incited to act violently because they believe that Black people Jewish people immigrants and everyone who dares not to be white and Christian is coming to steal their land steal their babies and murder them in their beds.
Because the amount of planning and foresight it takes to attack and murder Black people who live hours away from you is something that's created online. It starts with the dehumanization of Black people for shits and giggles. He attacked Black people in a grocery store in a food desert, knowing that the long term effects wouldn't just be the the deaths of those community members, but also the fear of Black people across the country to even get out of our fucking homes. I'm seeing Black mutuals on here talking about how they don't want to leave their homes until things die down. We're going to try and create nets of solidarity and those attempts are going to be frustrated any number of ways and the shooter knows this because he spent probably a third of his life just going through online treasure troves describing all the ways he could make Black people suffer.
And the worst part is that with the sheer complexity and efficiency of the surveillance state, none of those eyes will be on those white supremacist safe havens. They'll fucking be on Black people regardless of what we're saying, regardless of whether what we're trying to do is politically motivated or not. We're the ones who are silenced and shut down and ignored and actively censored in favor of upholding white supremacy in all its forms. Remember when Black bloggers on here were accused of being Russian spies and had their accounts deactivated, but neo Nazis on this site were and still are able to exist with no problem? Are any of you aware of the sheer number of times a Black blogger is deactivated on this site alone for not being nice in how they talk about racism, but the white supremacists who harass and stalk them are allowed to have as many victims as they want? It's like this on all social media. Twitter, Facebook, probably even fucking Pinterest. It's not difficult to trace or find where white boys go to become raging terrorists but all the energy by the corporations and the state and normal fucking people online is dedicated to silencing Black people in any way possible.
Buffalo Skulls, 1892 - The American Army, alongside military assisted hunters, rapidly and deliberately destroyed the Buffalo as a Scorched Earth tactic against the Native Americans, from 30-60mil animals to only 300 in 1884. LtCol. Dodge concisely put it as: “Every Buffalo Dead is an Indian Gone!”
No man did more to seal the fate of the American buffalo than General Sherman. Sherman was a celebrated veteran from the civil war, who learned some valuable lessons in the concept of Total War that he would later employ to solve the so called “Indian Problem”. His strategies relied on the belief that his Army “must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war”. While controlling the great plains, he witnessed how dependent the Native Americas were on the Buffalo for their physical and cultural subsistence.
The Army was left feeling frustrated as the Native Americans were far swifter with their nomadic way of living, meaning they could easily relocate during attacks. This meant that the Army, who were more bogged down with supplies, could never deal any fatal blows. The buffalo, of course, were a far more accessible target. This was exaggerated due to the nature of the animal as when one buffalo is killed, others rally around it for defence, meaning a party with guns and ammunition can slaughter hundreds of the beasts.
The Army themselves had been targeting Buffalo, but when a tannery in Pennsylvania learned how to convert buffalo hide into commercial leather, the hide hunters then targeted the animals in droves for their skin. The Army outfitted these hide hunters with transport, weapons, protection, and supplies in order to assist in the killing. Customarily, the animals would be killed for their tongues, hides and sometimes humps, while leaving the rest of the animal to rot on the plains.
A bill to protect the buffalo was introduced in 1875, which was quickly vetoed by Ulysses S. Grant.
Years later in Sherman’s memoirs, he wrote a particularly callus passage applauding the slaughter, saying “in so short a time replaced the wild buffaloes by more numerous herds of tame cattle, and by substituting for the useless Indians the intelligent owners of productive farms and cattle-ranches”.
The effect on the Native Americans cannot be overstated, and it paralyzed most of the tribes. As put by Crow Leader, Chief Plenty Coups: "When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground, and they could not lift them up again. After this nothing happened. There was little singing anywhere."
we’ve been witnessing mass death for a long time. it accelerated globally in 2020. even after we surpassed over a million deaths, even after mass shooting after mass shooting, even after a formula shortage, even after heavy inflation during another surge of covid in an increasingly hot climate, we’re expected to carry on the next day. we’re expected to wake up & go to school and work as if whole worlds hadn’t just been taken away. we’re expected to perform our tasks the same, if not more efficiently.
the reason we can carry on as laborers is because we are collectively experiencing a shocking state of numbness. it’s not that we don’t feel deeply for each event, it’s that our grief physically can’t keep up with everything there is to mourn. we need to stop, we need to sit down and mourn for a long, long time. this is a world built on us working through the unimaginable until we die. it’s a world built on robbing us of time to do anything, but especially mourn. it’s a deep physical and emotional need that is not being met. let yourself be mad, be despondent, be sad, be deep in grief. companies don’t like people who are outwardly grieving, and that is what we must do collectively. every time we lose someone to a mass shooting everyone who can should call in saying they cant work because they lost someone. because we all did, we lost humans to another senseless act of cruel violence. and the world should stop, just like the people who lost their family member’s worlds stopped.
i hope you take time to sit and remember the tragic things that have happened the past couple of years. that you give yourself the love and respect to acknowledge how hard it is to exist in a world that robs us of everything, including your right to being a human in grief.
there’s no peace to be found in any of this and there never should be.
Gunman Payton Gendron Kills 10 in Buffalo Supermarket: 'Straight Up Racially Motivated Hate Crime Towards Black People'
Today. In a city about a hour away from me. There was a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY. 10 people were killed. Out the 13 people shot, 10 killed were black and out the 3 injured one of them was also black.
In short 11 out of 13 people were black and it was indeed a racially motivated crime due to his manifesto, writing the N word on his gun and driving hours to target a black community.
This is.....This is why I keep saying fascism is a serious thing in America. Not only is the gunman a devout Neo-Nazi but he believes in the White Replacement Theory you hear people like Tucker Carlson spout.
And.....I can't lie. I'm fucking furious. I'm scared. I don't know if someone will do the same where I live.
if you have not seen the news, there was a mass shooting in buffalo ny yesterday by a white supremacist. Because the neighborhood where the shooting occurred is a food desert and the only accessible grocery store is currently a crime scene, local food banks could really use support.
I am opening commissions but they are pay what you can, directly to charity. How this will work is you will go and make a direct donation to one of the local food banks I’ve linked at the bottom of this post, and then send me proof of your donation and a request in either a dm or an ask.
I am going to link FeedMoreWNY and Feed Buffalo in a rb so that this post doesn't get hidden from tags. Please please consider making a donation to one or both even if you dont want a drawing. If you are not in a position to donate please rb