Joe Biden has urged Americans to reject white supremacy after a mass shooting at a US grocery store was motivated by racism.
After the fatal attack on the Buffalo store, the US president and first lady paid their respects to the memorial.
Jill Biden, Mr Biden’s wife, met the families of the victims (all black), as well as local officials and first responders.
Outside the Tops store, in New York, the couple laid a bouquet full of flowers.
Police say the attack was motivated by racism and that three other victims were also hurt in Saturday’s massacre.
Biden, in a speech delivered in Buffalo, condemned white supremacy’s “poison”. He said: “In America evil will not win. I promise you. White supremacy will not win the last word, hate will not triumph.
He said, “Now is the right time for people of all backgrounds to speak up in America as a majority and reject white supremacy.”
The president also mentioned recent mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, El Paso, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Dallas last week.
“These hateful actions that we have seen are the views of a minority. We cannot allow them to deform America, the true America. We cannot allow them to devastate the soul of the nation.”
A young black man was attacked by an assault rifle-wielding gunman on Saturday in the most egregious racist attack in America since Mr Biden’s 2021 election.
Authorities have referred to the shooting as an act of violent extremism motivated by racial hate.
Biden stated that the gunman was motivated by hate. Through politics and media, the internet has radicalized angry, lost, and isolated people into falsely believing they will be replaced…by people who don’t look like them.”
The replacement theory is a racist ideology that claims white people are intentionally “replaced” through immigration.
Payton Gendron (18), a white supremacist, was taken into custody at the supermarket. He was charged with murder. He has pleaded guilty.
Gendron was reported to have posted an anti-semitic online diatribe before the shooting.