Charlottesville ~

August, 2017

charlottesville poster

Locals post messages on a poster to be sent to Charlottesville during a Community Vigil organized by Together We Will/Hampton Roads and HR Grassroots Coalition.

On behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia Beach, we condemn the acts of violence perpetuated by these white supremacist groups, the 35 people or more who were injured, and the loss of life that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. We mourn the loss of the social activist, Heather Heyer. Heather protested, marched, and questioned the beliefs of the white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville simply because that is who she was, and who we are as Americans. When I looked at the crowd of people protesting and challenging the white supremacists, I saw they represented all of America in its diversity and more importantly, inclusivity. There can be no doubt America has issues with race and race relations, but Heather represented what was best and brightest about the future and what we endeavor to obtain in the face of this hatred and violence. In addition and just as important, we mourn the loss of the two Virginia State Troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died when their helicopter that was patrolling the event crashed.

It is important to remember that the history and legacy of white supremacy is not simply the faces we saw on the streets, on your televisions, and on the internet. White supremacy is a structure of power and the institutions has enabled some to benefit at the expense of others. Most notably, people in a position of power have benefited, while the poor, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBT community and others have suffered. To dismantle the representations of white supremacy we saw marching in Charlottesville, we must dismantle the very real institutions that have enabled their existence.

The Democratic Party will be the face and the party of the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the voiceless, and the powerless. We should all strive to see the humanity and the best in people. If we do not stand up to white supremacy and the evils it entails, then what legacy will we leave for our children to contend with and overcome? The time is now to speak up and fight for the America we believe in and the future we envision. If not now, when?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ J. Toussaint
Democratic Party of Virginia Beach