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Racial Justice Toolkit: Buffalo Resources Responding to 5/14/22

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 11:02 AM

The May 14 Tragedy in Buffalo

After the senseless targeted terrorist attack in the Tops market on Buffalo's East Side on Saturday, May 14th, we are all grieving and our hearts are broken.

The links on this page lead to organizations that can assist victims' families and the community, and indicate places accepting donations and looking for volunteers.

Buffalo, What's Next?
Weekdays live at 10am on WBFO

"In the wake of Buffalo's recent tragedy on the east side, WBFO has launched a new daily program, "Buffalo, What's Next?," that unapologetically confronts what led to the shooting.

Beginning Thursday, May 26, each weekday morning at 10 am, WBFO News Director Dave Debo, WBFO Managing Editor Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza, and WBFO Morning Edition Host Jay Moran, will amplify voices that have historically been marginalized.

The hour-long program will provide a forum for open, honest, and candid conversations about what happened, what’s next, and what role each of us can play in solving the problems that caused it."

The program airs again at 9pm on WBFO. It is also available digitally through WBFO’s website, apps and as a podcast.

Community Resources - Assistance & Donations

UB, Buffalo, NYS, & Federal Responses

University at Buffalo


New York State

United States Government

White House

Dept. of Justice



News Sources




More News resources are located in our Legal Databases by Subject - News guide.

Selected Articles, Posts, and Media Segments

Poet laureate searches for words to comfort Buffalo
Gary Craig, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 16, 2022

What We Get Wrong About Food Insecurity in Places Like Buffalo’s East Side
Jeremy Stahl, Slate, May 19, 2022

Unpacking America’s history with “replacement theory” is complicated (audio, 46 min.)
1A from WAMU May 19, 2022

Buffalo’s Black community is reeling after being targeted by a mass shooting (audio, 47 min.)
1A from WAMU, May 17, 2022

The nauseating familiarity of the Buffalo shooting (audio, 12 min.)
1A from WAMU, May 16, 2022

The rise of the radical right in WNY
Jim Heaney, Investigative Post, May 18, 2022

Buffalo, the Tulsa Massacre, and Legacy of Anti-Black Violence
Jason Johnson, Slate, May 21, 2022

Reparations for Racist Violence? A Word … with Jason Johnson (audio, 37 min.)
May 20, 2022
Jason Johnson is joined by Damario Solomon-Simmons, a civil rights lawyer who is leading an effort to win reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors....

How decades of racism have shaped Buffalo
Charlotte Hsu, UB Research News, May 20, 2022
Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.'s report “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present” is receiving renewed attention following Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tops market on Jefferson Avenue.

          THE HARDER WE RUN: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present (2021)
          By Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr., Jin-Kyu Jung, and Evan Dash

The Other Kind of Racism in Buffalo (audio, 35 min.)
The NewYorker - Politics and More
 May 19, 2022 · by Evan Osnos
".... Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and a professor of African American Studies at Princeton. She joins the guest host Evan Osnos to discuss the politics of housing, policing, and education in Buffalo, and how these structural forces relate to the rise of violent right-wing extremism. “We are so enamored with the idea of racism as explicit, as you most certainly know it when you see it,” Taylor says. “But these other manifestations—that mean that forty per cent of Black children in Buffalo live under the poverty line, that thirty-eight per cent of Black adults live under the poverty line, that the quality of housing on the East Side of Buffalo is wood-based and deteriorating compared to the brick houses of the West Side of the city—these kinds of insidious forms of racism are allowed to continue unaddressed for decades.”"

Race for profit : how banks and the real estate industry undermined black homeownership .
by Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta, The University of North Carolina Press, 2021
E-book available online at UB

Readings on Racism and Segregation in Buffalo
Compiled by the Buffalo History Museum, June 2022
Everything cited (with links!) is online for free,  can be borrowed as a short-term e-book loan, or is available in hard copy through the Buffalo History Museum Library and other libraries.

What Makes a Mass Shooter? (27 min.)
New Yorker Radio Hour, WNYC, May 27, 2022

With All Due Respect  (blog authored by attorney Arthur J. Giacalone)
Commentary on land use and development issues – and the legal system
          Guest blog post  reprints Dr. Lorna I. Peterson's message sent on May 15 to her colleagues at the Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA): The Neighborhood Surrounding Buffalo NY’s Racially-Motivated Mass Shooting Site.

Collecting Archives in a Crisis- See:  EDIAr Committee LibGuide: Current Issues (from the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Committee (EDIAr) of the Western New York Library Resources Council)
Links possibly useful for those who will be working with the local community to preserve and archive records created in response to the May 14 tragedy in Buffalo were shared by Dr. Lorna I. Peterson on the electronic listserv of the WNY Library Resources Council, in an exchange with Cynthia Van Ness. The links Dr. Peterson recommended, among others, are included here.

Buffalo’s East Side was a food desert. The shooting made things worse.
Residents grapple with trauma after a hate crime, and the loss of a vital grocery store
Story by Jacob Bogage; Videos by Zoeann Murphy; Photos by Libby March
Washington Post, June 1, 2022