CAPAC Members on the One Year Anniversary of White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville

Aug 10, 2018 Issues: Other Issues, Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend marks the one year anniversary of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left three dead and more than a dozen injured. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of CAPAC:

“One year ago, white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville and awakened our country to the fatal consequences of the rising bigotry, hatred, and violence embraced by the alt-right movement. The ‘Unite the Right’ rally shook our nation to its core and resulted in the tragic deaths of Heather Heyer, who was murdered while protesting the rally, as well as state troopers Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M Bates, whose helicopter crashed while patrolling the rally. But rather than directly condemn this violence, President Donald Trump chose to embolden white supremacists by saying there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Let me be clear: white supremacy is despicable. I unequivocally stand with those who bravely spoke out against the violence in Charlottesville and who continue to condemn white supremacy and hatred.  Our nation cannot afford to be silent in the face of racism and intolerance. On this anniversary, let us recommit to uniting against hate and defeating it in all forms.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“The white supremacists who descended upon Charlottesville brought vile bigotry and violence to the forefront of our political discourse once again. This spread of white supremacy took the life of one young woman – Heather Heyer – and showed our nation that racism and hatred still persists in every corner of America. But in the wake of this tragedy, countless Americans have stood up to hate, marched in solidarity, and worked for peace and understanding. On the one year anniversary of this horrific event, my heart is with the brave souls working to end bigotry and racism.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“On the one year anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we remember Heather Heyer who tragically lost her life protesting against the rally and the two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M Bates, who died in a tragic helicopter crash while monitoring the rally. This white nationalist and supremacist rally tore through the city and resulted in violence and racial slurs. President Trump’s failure to immediately condemn the actions of the white supremacist group was despicable. America stands for the inclusion of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. We come together to denounce hatred, racism, and xenophobia and we are stronger because of our diversity.”

Congresswoman Scott Peters (CA-52):

“The hatred and violence we saw erupt in Charlottesville last year does not reflect who we are as a country. That day underscored how much the divisive, malicious rhetoric that President Trump has incited continues to divide our country. Further, the president’s failure to condemn the white supremacists, KKK members, and the Alt-Right only emboldened their prejudice. There is still only one side: the one of respect, justice, and kindness. We must all denounce hate to ensure our country is on the right side of history.”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40):

“One year ago, the nation watched in horror as white supremacists brought their bigotry to Charlottesville, Virginia, and turned the city's streets into a place of deadly violence.  The hatred and cruelty shown by the white supremacists stood in stark contrast to our country's ideals of equality and justice.  As we mourn Heather Heyer and the two state troopers who were killed on that tragic weekend, let us honor their memories by resolving to build a kinder, more loving America, and to stand against intolerance and discrimination in all its forms.  No matter where we come from, what we look like, how we worship, or who we love, we all have the same rights and freedoms.  We all have dignity.  We are all worthy of respect.  And we cannot allow white supremacists to succeed in spreading hate and fear throughout our great country.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“One year ago, the violent clashes in Charlottesville took the lives of three innocent individuals and left thirty-three injured. This tragic act of bigotry and intolerance exposed the senseless views espoused by White Supremacist movements. I firmly believe that all individuals have the right to express their thoughts and beliefs, but racism and violence is unacceptable, and we must be clear that it cannot be tolerated.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.