BUFFALO, N.Y. — Only a short distance from where a white teenager killed 10 people inside a supermarket in a rampage apparently fueled by racist conspiracy theories, President Joe Biden urged the country to stand up against a rising tide of violent hate.
“Speak up as a majority in America and condemn white supremacy. We cannot allow them to destroy the state of America, the state of our country,” Biden said. “We have to refuse to live in a country where Black people going about weekly grocery shopping can be gunned down by weapons of war deployed in a racist cause.”
Biden had just finished meeting with families of the victims of Saturday’s shooting and eulogized each person who died. He became emotional when recounting the story of a father who was killed while inside the Tops supermarket to get a birthday cake for his 3-year-old son.