Jackson Mayor Michael Reina Calls for Unity in Light of Buffalo Massacre

Jackson Mayor Michael Reina this evening is speaking out in response to the massacre in Buffalo, in which the shooter referenced local towns.

“In lieu of the most recent abhorrent hate killings in Buffalo, along with the documents found (intentionally) describing the premeditated intent to kill those he vehemently detested, it is becoming increasing more alarming that racism and antisemitism is not going away anytime soon,” Reina told TLS. “We as elected officials and those in the law enforcement community need to unite and form stronger lines of communication not only with each other but in the communities we all serve.”

Reina continued, “As elected officials and neighbors, we need to share with our residents the warning signs of hate. Social media which has become a huge part of nearly every one’s life today would be a prime example of how to identify some of these signs; Social media postings, social media chat groups and the anonymous letters circulating around neighborhoods are just some of the places that could initiate and inflame passions and misinformation. Reading or seeing something inflammatory along these lines should be reported to the local and state law enforcement agencies so that they can be made aware of these conversations and those involved earlier rather than later.”

“We as a society are better than this, hate and intolerance of others has no place to live here, and we need to let that be heard loud and clear for one and all. Life is a precious gift, and that gift is for all to enjoy and share, not to be taken away by any one person or a hate group. I pray for a more peaceful and tolerant world, one filled with understanding thy neighbor and their beliefs, race and creed. We are all one family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.”

Jackson Police Chief Matt Kunz tells TLS he supports the Mayor’s message.

“I support this and all strong condemnations of hate, and also share in the encouragement of reporting any indications of hate speech or violent idealization to authorities as soon as possible.”

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