John – The hatred and violence on display last week in Charlottesville have shaken many of us to our cores. It’s difficult to describe the horror of watching white supremacists flood the streets with torches in hand. My heart breaks for the inexcusable and senseless loss of life.
In the days since, Americans across the country have come together to grieve this tragedy and condemn bigotry unambiguously. Yet at a time when our country needed moral leadership, President Trump equivocated, claiming that there were “very fine people” among the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Klansmen whose actions led to the horrible violence in Charlottesville.
It’s a dark day when Americans cannot turn to their president for healing after tragedy. Instead, we must turn to each other for strength and compassion. We know that on this issue, there are not “many sides.” The only response to white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry is to stand fearlessly against these ideologies.
Our voices and our values are stronger than hatred. I truly believe that what is good and just in America will prevail, no matter who tries to tear our country apart.
Thank you for standing against injustice.