BKCM Statement on the 5/14 Tragedy in Buffalo, NY

We are saddened by the tragedy that occurred in Buffalo this past Saturday and appalled at the repulsive act of terror and the words that preceded it. The violent act continues a troubling national trend of violence against Black Americans and non-white groups, exacerbated by public figures who stoke the flames of hostility and resentment through their own words and actions. BKCM unequivocally rejects and condemns all words and acts of hatred. We remain committed to continuing to broaden the scope of our own DEI process and ensuring that the Conservatory remains a safe and welcoming space for all. Below is a link to GoFundMe’s page dedicated to the victims of Saturday’s tragedy.

Click here to go to the GoFundMe page and donate.

Resources for conversations with young people:

Anti-Defamation League: The Horrific Mass Shooting in Buffalo: How to Talk with Young People

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Links about the troubling rise of hate crime numbers:

New York Times article about rising hate crimes:

Equal Justice Initiative (from Sep 2021)