Statement on Yesterday’s Mass Shooting and Recent Hate Violence

Once again, our nation reels from a mass shooting at an elementary school – a place violence and fear should never touch, but sadly that is not the case in America. Yesterday’s shooting, which left at least 19 students and 2 teachers dead, comes after weeks of racially-fueled gun violence – from the May 14 mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, to a May 15 shooting at an Orange County, California church in which the suspect targeted the Taiwanese community in an attack police are calling a politically motivated hate crime. In New York, ten people were killed and three were wounded. In California, one man died and five people were injured. And in both shootings, the suspects left behind a trail of evidence, pointing to racism and hate as their motives.