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The Buffalo shooter targeted a Black community. What will it take to stop the next racist attack?

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Investigators work the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, May 16, 2022.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the rise of racist extremism on the far right and the growth of white supremacist hate speech online, which is fueling deadly incidents like Saturday's mass shooting in Buffalo that left 10 people dead and three wounded. All 10 victims were Black.

According to a document written by the 18-year-old white shooter, he researched a zip code with a high percentage of Black residents. How should society deal with this? What will it take to stop the next attack?

Guests:

Liz Lewin, journalist for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York

Adolphus Belk, Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Winthrop University, and co-editor of For the Culture: Hip-Hop and the Fight for Social Justice

Will Carless, national correspondent for USA Today, covering extremism and emerging issues nationwide

Web Resources:

New York Times: A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the GOP

PBS: What is ‘great replacement theory’ and how does it fuel racist violence?

Los Angeles Times: A new generation of white supremacist killer: shedding blood with internet winks, memes and livestreams

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.