“I denounce the Alt-Right, white supremacy, and the KKK.” That is what I posted on my personal Facebook page on the morning of August 13. I could have posted a lot of things, but those nine words are the most important. If you do not articulate your stance against these groups, you are complicit!
Those nine words need to echo through the hallowed halls of the Capitol, of the White House, and of the Supreme Court. Those nine words need to echo through our public institutions, our public schools, and our local statehouses.
Those nine words need to echo off our kitchen walls. Now is the time for white parents to have “the talk” with their white children. The talk needs to start out with those nine words.
It is time to tell our children, our parents, and ourselves that racism is not acceptable in any form. Ever. It is time to be loud and clear with intent and action. It is time to become of aware of, and fight against, our own unconscious bias.
It is time to stop talking and start doing. Start with these nine words, “I denounce the Alt-Right, white supremacy, and the KKK.”
We are Virginia Beach Democrats and we denounce the Alt-Right, white supremacists, and the KKK.
~ S. Martin is a registered Democrat and Virginia Beach resident working to turn this ship portside.