Mayor Issues Statement on Charlottesville

News posted Aug. 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Mayor Nancy McFarlane issued the following statement about Saturday’s race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va.:

“Like many in our community, I watched in disbelief and sadness as the events in Charlottesville, Va., unfolded this past weekend. We cannot and should not ignore the hateful rhetoric espoused by extremist groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacist groups that gathered as it serves as a stark reminder that there is still much work to be done in combating racism and bigotry in our communities.

Our country is divided by a political environment that encourages a “my way or no way” attitude in a system predicated on a war-like atmosphere creating clear “winners” and “losers.” But our country was founded on a belief that freedom of thought and diverse opinions should be valued and protected not used to incite violence on another. And yet, the hateful rhetoric by white supremacists did just that, culminating in the tragic death of Heather Heyer and the injuries of 19 others.

I offer our sincere condolences to the victims, their families and the City of Charlottesville; but let this tragedy be a defining moment in this tumultuous time in our history. Let this be the moment we collectively say enough is enough.

Please join me at the Raleigh Community Candlelight Vigil this Wednesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. This event is co-sponsored by Pullen Church, Temple Beth Or Social Action Committee, the Triangle MLK Committee, and the Triangle Interfaith Alliance. Let us return to reason; return to listening to each other; and return to accepting that differences of opinion are opportunities to discuss evolving viewpoints. Let’s stand together as Raleigh - a community that strives to be understanding and turns its back on extremist groups and beliefs that do not reflect our values as a community, city or country.”

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