Earlier today, we released our response to the horrible events of the weekend, via email:
This is not a matter of debate. | August 14, 2017
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
What is sometimes forgotten, however, is that it is up to us to bend it.
On Saturday, August 12th, Heather Heyer lost her life as she was working to bend that arc. A white supremacist, who was attending a rally of the so-called “alt-right” in Charlottesville, rammed his car into a crowd which had gathered to voice its opposition to extremism and hate.
In other words, Heather died like so many Americans before her: Standing up to bigotry.
We live in a country with a long history of racial violence. And we also live in a country with a long history of standing up to that violence. Indeed, more than half a century ago, hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat National Socialism. Yet now a new generation of racists, daring to call themselves patriots, are marching under the banner of this very same movement.
That's why the response—whether from left or right, from red states or blue, from cities or towns or isolated farms— has been and must continue to be unanimous and clear: Nazism has no place in civil society.
This is not a question of debate. Nazism is not interested in discussion. White supremacists like the Klan are not interested in free speech. If you deny or denigrate the humanity of your fellow citizens, based on who they are, then you make debate and dialogue impossible.
And for this reason, we invite you to join with us, and the vast majority Americans—of all political persuasions—who are standing up to declare these movements unacceptable. We encourage you to call out the adherents of these ideologies and to hold them accountable for their actions. And we redouble our own commitment to take a stand, to keep learning and to be better.
Together, we can make sure the arc bends in the direction Dr. King intended.
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