For Immediate Release
May 15, 2022
Contact: David Card
WASHINGTON – National Disability Rights Network Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement in response to the racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo, NY that killed 10 Americans. The attack took place at a supermarket in Buffalo’s predominately African American east side. Law enforcement is treating the incident as a hate crime.
“All of us at the National Disability Rights Network send our condolences to the people of Buffalo and most especially to the families of the victims of this horrific shooting. We mourn for those killed but we also call for action. Our country is being poisoned by a rising white supremacist culture fanned by social media and cable news personalities and too often tolerated – sometimes even encouraged – by politicians. Enough is enough. It is time our elected officials act to prevent future attacks and speak out against the extremist views at the heart of these incidents. While African Americans continue to be the leading targets, hate crimes are on the rise against Asian, Jewish, Latino, LGBTQ+, and Muslim Americans, communities that all include people with disabilities. We must come together to challenge hate speech and violence whenever it impacts any member of our community. NDRN stands with our partners in the civil rights movement and pledges to continue our work to stop hate.”