Statement on Charlottesville


I watched, stunned, as racism and bigotry marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. I watched with sorrow as reports came in that three people had lost their lives and dozens more were injured. I watched with hope as these racists were outnumbered by counter-protesters flooding the streets to tell them their hate was not welcome there. I watched with resolve as arrests were made and charges were filed against those who cost Heather Heyer her life. 

Racism has not been eliminated. Hate continues its pernicious existence. Bigotry is excused by a president who replies with false equivalencies instead of condemnation. We cannot be silent in the face of prejudice. We must come together and speak with one voice against this vile ideology and those who espouse it. 

Tom Hoch