Cities Stand Together to Fight Hate
In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.
On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence, leaving three dead and dozens injured in an apparent act of terrorism. Across the country, the event sparked days of vigils and counter-protests in sympathy with victims of prejudice and bigotry.
Almost immediately, city leaders took to social media and the press to speak out against hate and stand with Charlottesville:
We are one nation and are stronger when we stand together. Prayers for #Charlottesville and our nation.— Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) August 13, 2017
There's a point in time where free speech ends & vitriolic hate begins. Sad 2 see it lead 2 the loss of life today. 45: #realleadersspeakout— Karen Freeman Wilson (@karenaboutgary) August 12, 2017
This type of conduct is absolutely despicable. Naziism is a scourge on civilization. Men&women died bec of this evil. pic.twitter.com/eLymiBNUlt— Mark Stodola (@LittleRockMayor) August 12, 2017
White supremacy, bigotry and violent extremism are shameful parts of our history that should be rejected and condemned by a decent society.— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) August 12, 2017
Sickened by images of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville. Reminder hate & prejudice still fester & a call to all to speak out.— Chris Coleman (@mayorcoleman) August 12, 2017
Later in the week, cities began releasing statements and passing resolutions of support for Charlottesville:
The Detroit city council wants to make sure residents here know our differences make us stronger https://t.co/cDZtqxWQjA— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) August 14, 2017
For city leaders wishing to show their support, NLC’s Racial Equity and Leadership team has partnered with the Center for Social Inclusion and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity to develop <a href="http://www.nlc.org/resource/charlottesville-support-sample-statement">sample language for statements of support</a> for Charlottesville.