A white nationalist drove 650 miles to El Paso, TX on Saturday, then went into a Walmart with an assault rifle and killed 22 people.
Despite protestations that this kind of violence is born from mental illness or violent video games, we must acknowledge the truth:
White supremacy is not a mental illness, and guns are a tool that white supremacists use to fulfill their hate.
And as our country went to bed grieving over this horrific act in El Paso, Americans woke up to news of another mass shooting that killed nine people in Dayton, OH.
Today, the president addressed the nation with the same Republican rhetoric and talking points we’ve heard for over two decades — empty words and thoughts and prayers. We need to act.
I’ll be talking about this more over the coming days, but today, you can act by joining me and donating to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF), Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Moms Demand Action, and the Southern Poverty Law Center — groups who are working tirelessly to combat white supremacy and gun violence:
PS — On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking about the rising tide of hatred and white nationalism that has overcome our country at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. More to come later. We cannot afford to stay silent.
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