African American Mayors Statement on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY

Published on May 16, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas and president of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Buffalo, NY:

“A self-described white supremacist traveled to a store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo with the intention of killing Black residents. He killed ten people and wounded three more. This is a sad reminder that regardless of how far we have come in this country, Black Americans continue to be targeted and killed for being Black.

“This kind of hatred, vitriol and violence will never be stamped out until we address the systemic and prevalent inequities and racism in this country. America’s Black mayors urge our fellow countrymen to speak out against anti-Black violence and stand with all affected communities. Our prayers go out to the affected families and the greater Buffalo community.”


The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing over 500 African-American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.


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