A person visits a makeshift memorial near the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

After meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland, representatives from the nation’s civil rights community are developing their own action plans to address the spread of White supremacy. 

The plan for a concerted effort to address White supremacy come after the racially motivated attack on Black residents on May 14 in Buffalo, N.Y. A total of ten African Americans were killed in a local shopping center and an additional three victims were injured. 

The N.A.A.C.P. and National Urban League are preparing to take action on their respective plans to fight White supremacy at their conventions this summer. 

“How many more events like the massacre in Buffalo do we need to see before we take action to finally address White supremacy and domestic terrorism in this nation?,” asked NAACP President Derrick Johnson after the meeting with Garland. 

The N.A.A.C.P. has released a “Buffalo Response Plan” this week with specific proposals addressing (1) social and corporate responsibility (2) gun violence prevention and (3) police reform. 

People gather outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 15, 2022. The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization said it will propose a sweeping plan meant to protect Black Americans from white supremacist violence, in response to a hate-fueled massacre that killed 10 Black people in Buffalo, New York last weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The organization’s convention is scheduled to start July 14 in Atlantic City, N.J. where the plan will be a primary agenda item that organization officials expect President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamila Harris to respond to when each addresses the organization this summer. 

Read the plan here:  https://naacp.org/articles/naacp-releases-plan-address-spread-domestic-terrorism

The National Urban League will address a response to the Buffalo shootings at their upcoming National Policy Conference in Washington DC on June 7-8.  Democratic Majority Leader Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer (D-NY), Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and others will be invited to discuss Congress’ role in moving forward on legislation protecting Black lives.  

The National Urban League has also called on the Biden administration to host a national summit on hate crimes.

“Our commitment is doing something about it, beginning with calling on President Biden to hold a national summit on hate crimes to elevate the national consciousness around the rising danger of White supremacy and online extremism. 

“We need a whole of nation approach,” Morial continued, “to eliminate this threat to our national security.”

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