Racial Justice Emergency in Charlottesville

“The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.”
President John F. Kennedy, 1963

 

A scene reminiscent of the civil rights era is unfolding this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thousands of white supremacists are gathering at a Confederate-era statue in a park that was called Robert E. Lee Park until it was recently renamed Emancipation Park.

At the Lawyers’ Committee, we know that white supremacist rallies promote racism, discrimination, and violence against racial, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities. Across the country – and even in Massachusetts – white supremacists and their sympathizers are responsible for much of the discrimination and violence perpetrated against vulnerable individuals and marginalized communities.

We reject the hate promoted at white supremacist rallies because it sends the terrifying and threatening message that black lives – and the lives of other oppressed individuals – do not matter.

As a country in a journey towards justice, Charlottesville reminds us that more work needs to be done to end all forms of discrimination and violence. The Lawyers’ Committee is a bulwark against hate. We are defending civil rights in the trenches and in the courtroom.

Help us today by calling 844-9-NO-HATE to report hate crimes in your community.

Help us today by making a $35 donation to support our work against hate, discrimination, and violence.