Statement about Terrorist Attack in Charleston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2015

CONTACT: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org Christiaan Perez, Manager of Advocacy and Digital Strategy 212-739-7581 or cperez@latinojustice.org

The shooting in Charleston has left the nation in shock once again at the violence and terrorism that has been fostered on the families who were torn apart simply because of their race. While we applaud President Obama’s swift action to open a hate crimes investigation, this is not enough.

This shooting is the latest in a long string of acts of violence that have terrorized people of color. This ongoing violence against African Americans and Latinos should be called what it is - an act of terrorism whose purpose is to instill fear and panic. Dylann Roof admitted to investigators that he sought to start a “race war” and that he attacked unarmed civilians for political purposes in an act of terror.

Whether it is Charleston, Ft Hood or Newton, nothing is changing when it comes to gun violence in the United States. This is why we as a country need to take more conscientious action to prevent future shootings. The first step is to acknowledge that mass shootings like this are an act of terror and that real action must be taken to prevent mass shootings. By acknowledging that mass shootings are acts of terrorism, we can finally mount a response to prevent these acts from happening again.

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