In the aftermath of the Buffalo mass shooting, the cycle of white supremacy has continued like clockwork. Headlines have infantilized the shooter by calling him a “teenager” when actual Black children who are victims of police violence are routinely referred to as adults. The stories have trickled in about how he was a “‘lonely,’ ‘nerdy’ teenager”
humanizing him when we know that Black victims are rarely treated as human. Algorithms and thirsty social media users were quick to make the video of 10 people being slaughtered go viral
(the shooter livestreamed his heinous crimes in hopes of going viral) like it was a game, not the brutal killing of Katherine Massey, 72, Deacon Heyward Patterson, 67, Celestine Chaney, 65 · Roberta A. Drury, 32, Margus D. Morrison, 52, Andre Mackneil, 53, Pearl Young, 77, Ruth Whitfield, 86, Aaron Salter, 55, and Geraldine Talley, 62. Those are 10 people with families, friends, and full lives that they deserve to still be living. How many victims will it take before we stop recycling the same insensitive rhetoric after every hate crime? How many mothers, fathers, and grandmothers have to die before we start really
dismantling the systems that stole them from us?