On Saturday, May 14 violence erupted in Buffalo, NY, with a mass shooting that killed ten African American people and injured three others. Officials have labeled this as a hate crime. Additionally, multiple shootings targeting Asian American-owned businesses last week in Dallas are being investigated as hate crimes. We know that other such violent attacks have happened on a regular basis throughout the recent years – to say nothing of the violence against people of color in America’s past.
These recent crimes are linked to a conspiracy theory rhetoric called “the great replacement” which suggests that white people are being targeted for replacement. This is a baseless conspiracy theory, but it is nonetheless believed in full or in part in many parts of our Minnesota communities and across our country.
MN NOW holds the victims and their family members of all violent hate attacks in our thoughts. We fight for the equality of all women and embrace the strength of diversity. We fight against violence that affects women and their families everywhere.