The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression condemns the recent white supremacist terror attack by a 21-year-old white supremacist shooter that took place on Saturday, August 26th in the predominantly black New Town area of Jacksonville, Fl. The shooter’s attack on the Dollar General led to the murders of three African American individuals, Angela Michelle Carr, 52, an Uber driver who was killed in the parking lot; Anolt Joseph Laguerre Jr., known as A.J., 29, who worked at the store; and Jerrald De’Shaun Gallion, 19, who was murdered by the shooter while walking inside the store with his girlfriend. The white supremacist shooter killed himself before police arrived at the Dollar General. The shooter left a racist manifesto and carved swastikas on the rifle he used to carry out the attack.
The National Alliance extends our deepest condolences to the victims' families.
This act of racist white supremacist terror in Jacksonville comes on the anniversary, 63 years and one day of Axe Handle Saturday, a day where young NAACP youth activists and other black folks rallied to desegregate downtown Jacksonville restaurants and were met with attacks by over a 200 klansmen and white racist vigilantes, drawing national controversy. The racists attacks were repealed when the local black street gang “the Boomerangs” fought back the attacks. Later reports showed that police aided the white supremacists.
Acts of white supremacist terror are far from new in this country, particularly in the black belt south where Jacksonville resides. Black people in Jacksonville have long been victims of racist policies, racist policing, political disenfranchisement along with facing attacks by white supremacists and racist vigilantes. More recently, black people in Jacksonville along with black folks across Florida have had to endure the political mandate of racist Governor Ron DeSantis who has launched unprecedented attacks against the BLM movement, banning certain black history in schools, taking away a black congressional seat via racist gerrymandering along with other racist policies in his so-called, “war on woke”. When he spoke at a vigil the following day after the attack, he was booed by black residents. A day later on August 28th,, NAARPR affiliate, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, along with other community organizations led a march of over 1,000 people to demand an end to white supremacy and racist terror.
The National Alliance unites with local demands for an end to white supremacy, along with calls for the creation of a Public Safety Committee as a means of civilian oversight, along with uniting with demands of taking down all remaining confederate monuments in the city. Local demands also include the demands for economic empowerment in the black community, along with improvements in neighborhood infrastructure.
The National Alliance is calling for branches and affiliate organizations to remember the victims while continuing the fight against racist terror.
Justice for Angela Michelle Carr, Anolt Joseph Laguerre Jr and Jerrald De’Shaun Gallion!
Justice for all victims of white supremacist terror and down with white supremacy!