Stop Acting Surprised When Anti-Black Domestic Terrorism Happens in America

Rosalyn Morris
4 min readMay 15, 2022
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Yesterday, an 18-year-old white terrorist supremacist, Payton Gendron, drove hours from his home in Conklin, New York to Buffalo, New York. He targeted Buffalo because the city had a population that was 85% Black. He arrived at the Tops Friendly Market at around 2:30 pm, heavily armed and dressed in tactical gear, and began opening fire at shoppers in the parking lot. Nigger was written on the barrel of one of his guns, and he also yelled racial slurs as he murdered 10 people and wounded 3. Eleven of the victims were Black and two were white. When police arrived, he had a gun to his neck. The police officers did not shoot him. Instead, they talked him into putting the weapon down and surrendering.

In the aftermath, there was faux shock everywhere. Yes, I say “faux” because no one should be shocked at this point when white domestic terrorism happens in the United States.

It has been happening for 400 years.

We, Black people, have never been safe in this country. Never.

There was nothing new, or shocking, about Dylann Roof walking into a Black church and murdering nine people.

Nothing new, or shocking, about a white man, George Zimmerman, hunting down and murdering a Black child, Trayvon Martin, and getting away with it.

Nothing new about police, who got their start as slave patrols, with the mission of hunting down Black people who escaped slavery, brutalizing and murdering Black people, and getting away with it.

When they use excessive force and murder a Black person, armed or unarmed, because they do take in armed white people all the time, it’s not new or shocking.

Don’t pull up Gendron’s 180-page “manifesto,” not because it shouldn’t be shared, but because there’s nothing in there that hasn’t been said before.

Don’t act like you’ve never heard of the Replacement Theory, or that you might not even believe in it.

The theory of the Replacement Theory has been circulating since African slaves were brought to the Americas. Keep Black people in “their place,” or they will overtake and outnumber white people. That has always been the fear.

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