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New York Governor Kathy Hochul mourns Buffalo shooting victims: ‘I have 10 dead neighbors’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul expressed anger and sadness on Sunday over the racist massacre in Buffalo the day before, when an 18-year-old white man gunned down 13 people at a supermarket in a black neighborhood, killing 10 people.

The Democratic governor spoke at True Bethel Baptist Church in his hometown of Buffalo, where the admitted white supremacist went live as he shot people at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday. All but two of the victims were black.

“Lord, forgive the anger in my heart right now,” she said. “But to hear these stories and the pain in the community that I love so much – I’m angry.”

Hochul told attendees that even though the community currently feels broken and “crushed in spirit,” the city of Buffalo will rise up and it “will use all the power I have as governor to protect you.”

“I want them to talk about Buffalo as the last place this happened. We are going to let it end here, because we are going to rise up,” she said. “And all of our white brothers and sisters need to stand up in the churches of this whole state, this whole nation as well. Because an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us because we are all God’s people.

The shooter, identified as Payton Gendron, had written a lengthy racist and anti-Semitic manifesto online detailing his support for a plot that white supremacists call “the great replacement” – that white Americans of European descent risk being replaced by non-white people due to immigration and interracial marriage. Conspiracy was once considered a fringe right-wing belief, but has moved into the mainstream thanks to extremist politicians and online platforms that allow hate speech.

“The CEOs of these companies need to be held accountable and assure us all that they are taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information. How these depraved ideas are fermenting on social media ― it’s spreading like a virus now”, Hochul told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “The white supremacist manifestos – the replacement theory white supremacist concepts where they are concerned and which are now taking to the streets in places like Charlottesville and others, driven by this idea that immigrants, Jews and the blacks will replace the whites.”

“And it’s spreading through social media platforms that need to be policed ​​and shut down the second these words are passed into there – these platforms. It’s got to stop, otherwise it can’t be stopped” , she continued. “This incident here broadcast live, right behind me, the massacre of innocents, a military style execution, was seen by other people. It might cause others to replicate the same thing. …I know it’s a huge, big business, but these companies have a lot of money.

The governor also lashed out at right-wing politicians and television personalities, like Tucker Carlson, who shamelessly spewed racial animosity and white supremacist rhetoric, fueling instances of racist mass violence like the 2019 massacre at a store in El Paso, Texas, and the 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hochul told Chuck Todd that conservative TV commentators like Carlson and political figures “must be held accountable” just as much as the tech platforms that allow white supremacy to thrive. .

“And any head of government who does not condemn this and condemns it today is a coward and he is also partially responsible,” she said. “So let’s be really honest about the role of elected leaders. And what they need to do is call that out and not coddle that behavior and say, ‘Well, they’re just young people and they share their ideas.’

“Yeah, I’ll protect the First Amendment any day of the week. But you are not protecting hate speech. You don’t protect inflammatory speech. You are not allowed to shout “fire” in a crowded theater. There are limits to speech,” she continued. “And in that moment, we saw that unleashed. And as a result, I have 10 dead neighbors in this community. And it hurts, and we’re going to do something about it.

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