It’s no surprise that Trump failed to condemn the acts in Charlottesville this week for what they were -- hate crimes by white supremacists who have been emboldened by his administration’s rhetoric and policies. This week, these white supremacists marched through Charlottesville and the University of Virginia with torches to protest the removal of a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s top general. The next day one of these terrorists drove a car into peaceful protesters.
In contrast to Trump, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke the truth:
“I have a message to the white supremacists and the nazis who came into Charlottesville today, … Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.”
And so did Charlottesville Mayor Michael Singer when he said that these racists, “belong on the trash heap of history.”
But, as our friends at Color of Change remind us, the fight doesn’t end in Charlottesville:
“As Tampa and New Orleans are in the process of removing these symbols after sustained organizing, we see why it's so important to keep fighting to remove these statues in honor of slaveowners. After the election of Donald Trump white supremacists have been emboldened and ever more threatening. We must continue to fight to reclaim our public spaces removing all confederate symbols and let white supremacists know they have no place to rally in our country.”
All-of-us must join Color of Change’s campaign to stop honoring confederate symbols of hate.