Black Lives Matter

9/11 Happens To Us Everyday

Reeling in the aftermath of another anti-Black terrorist attack

Quintessa L. Williams
5 min readMay 16, 2022

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A reenactment photo of the 1946 Moore’s Ford Lynching | Photo Courtesy of The Guardian

More often than not, history provides that anti-Black racial terrorism is preceded by acts of maintaining white supremacist notions that a Great replacement was threatening the existence of their race.

The Great Replacement is a racist ideology that has helped inform white supremacist beliefs and give grounds for their slander, discrimination, and vicious attacks; — an ill-conceived falsehood, perpetuated to convince us that people of color are replacing them.

Fears of a supposed ‘Great Replacement’ have fueled several acts of racial terrorism from history to the present. Anti-Black terrorism has become America’s new normal.

And the time is severely past due for us to call a thing a thing.

On May 14th, 2022, a mass terrorist shooting occurred at the Tops Friendly Supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Ten people were killed, while three others were injured. 11 of the 13 victims were African-American, and two were white. The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, live streamed the attack on the Twitch platform and described himself as a white supremacist in an alleged 180-page manifesto.

Aaron Salter, 55

Ruth Whitfield, 86

Pearl Young, 77

Celestine Chaney, 65

The Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue resides in a predominately Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. In the reported 180-page manifesto, Gendron promotes the Great Replacement theory of Renaud Camus, a conspiracy theorist who claimed that whites were being subject to genocide by people of color.

As he approached the scene, Gendron was recorded on his live stream saying, “Just got to go for it.”

Gendron stated he targeted Buffalo because it was the city with the most Black residents closest to his home in Conklin, New York. He was arrested on the day of the shooting and taken into police custody. Gendron was arranged the next day represented by a public defender and entered a not guilty plea for first-degree murder.

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Quintessa L. Williams

Afra-American Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blacktivist | EIC of TDQ | Editor for Cultured & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in The Root, MadameNoire, ZORA, & Momentum.