In the article, “A Nation Mourns with Buffalo” (Upfront, Smith 2022) I learn about the tragic racially targeted massacre that occurred on May 14, 2022. This incident took ten lives of innocent people, all of which were African Americans. The shooter, Payton S. Gendron, was only 18 years old when he committed one of the deadliest massacres to hit the American streets. After the incident, it was revealed that Gendron had posted a long lengthy speech in which he expressed his appreciation for a white supremacist ideology that basically suggested and encouraged the concept of superiority amongst white people. Additionally, there have been anterior situations where he was seen behaving oddly and rebelliously, including where he had to be taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after making a threatening statement. Despite the concrete evidence presented against Gendron, he pleaded not guilty.
It is very unfortunate that lives were stripped away from ten innocent people who had a long life ahead of them because there are people in the world who believe in the ideologies of white supremacy and superiority in general. It feels absolutely terrifying knowing that even with all the teaching and enforcing given out to help get rid of these types of situations, they are still bound to happen at some point. We cannot fully get rid of these tragic incidents, however it is crucial that we know and learn how to prevent them. The article had mentioned how an online post had been previously made leading up to the day of the shooting. I believe if we had been more vigilant and had paid more attention to his behavior speech, the situation could have possibly been prevented. Unfortunately, this is one of the many mass shootings that have been targeting a specific race or ethnic group.
What are some ways that we can help prevent these incidents?