YWCA Madison

Statement Regarding the National Tragedy in Charlottesville, VA.

Statement Regarding the National Tragedy in Charlottesville, VA.

YWCA Madison condemns the unacceptable violence, hatred, and murder by Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. We are incredibly disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, by the actions of the local and state police during Charlottesville. When White Nationalists bring torches, guns, batons, helmets, and other weapons to what is supposed to be a peaceful march, the protections of the 1st Amendment no longer apply. These were not signs and banners that people bring to a march, these were weapons that people bring to a riot. If organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest brought weapons to a rally, without a doubt those ralliers would have been immediately stopped if not arrested. Instead, the police in Charlottesville gave the Nazis and White Nationalists space to create violence.

However, we are encouraged by strong and peaceful counter protests occurring across the nation, including 40,000 people in Boston. We also commend the Boston police, where reports indicate that the police arrested several protestors with weapons and protected counter protestors and even joined them in chants. We must raise our voices and march against White Nationalists who seek to bring hate back into mainstream America. We must make their voices unwelcomed, until we silence them back into the fringes of society.

But that is not enough. Now is the time for action. We must intentionally work to disrupt racism, and anti-Semitism, in our everyday lives. Racism is not just personal. It didn’t come into power because of President Trump or the marches of Neo-Nazis. It’s systematic, engrained into the fabric of our nation. Charlottesville’s horrific acts were just one manifestation of the everyday racism in America. We urge our fellow Madisonians: Don’t be complicit in this system. White Americans must ask themselves, “How am I upholding white supremacy and white privilege?” If you are not actively working to dismantle our racist systems, your inactions are upholding them.

There is much that you can do. Show up to rallies. Educate yourself on the systematic white privilege built into our nation, and then voice your knowledge and speak out. Begin uncomfortable conversations about race in America at your work, home, schools, places of worship, and social events. Empower people of color and disenfranchised communities by creating space for them to be heard and serve in leadership roles, and then listen to what they say and follow their lead. Support the removal of racist statues and monuments in our community, just as the City of Madison did last week. Attend our Racial Justice Trainings or our Racial Justice Summit (learn more: http://www.ywcamadison.org/site/c.cuIWLiO0JqI8E/b.8047237/k.8188/Racial_Justice_Resources.htm.)

Join us in leading the way to a more just and equal city and nation.

 


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