A crowd of about 150 turned out Sunday evening at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway to express support for the victims who were struck by a car at a racially charged protest Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
A 20-year-old white man, reportedly a Nazi sympathizer, drove a car into a crowd of couter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19. That crime followed a morning of street battles between left- and right-wing marchers in which 14 other people were hurt.
Sunday's local gathering was organized by the Western New York Peace Center, Stronger Together WNY and other groups.
In announcing the protest, organizers said in a statement, "We stand with the courageous and determined people in Charlottesville who stood for Caring and Justice; and against the White Supremacist Hate Groups including the KKK. Those counterprotesters suffered terrorism, murder, and injury because of it. We also call #45 to account – his reluctance to name and/or chastise the hate groups and hate crimes shows approval of racism and violence. The people of Buffalo will not condone white supremacist violence."
Some in the crowd carried signs attacking President Trump and white supremacists.
But seemingly the loudest cheer of the evening came when Larry Scott, co-chairman of the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization, called for the ouster of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board, citing previous statements by Paladino that have been labeled racist.