AFL-CIO President says, “Call it what it is: domestic terrorism rooted in bigotry.”
Yesterday, the world watched in horror as white supremacists and neo-Nazi hate groups clashed with a group of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The situation quickly escalated as James Alex Fields Jr a twenty year old man from Ohio, drove his car into a crowd of people.
Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, told the Associated Press, that “several hundred counter-protesters were marching when “suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound.” A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through ‘a sea of people.'”
As Fields Jr. plowed into the group of protesters, Ryan Kelly of the Associated Press captured the moment as the peaceful protestors were literally thrown into the air.
Last night, TMZ posted Feilds Jr’s mugshot and reported that “he’s facing the second-degree murder charge, along with three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in death.”
This morning, Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, released the following statement:
Yesterday in Charlottesville, VA the nation and the world witnessed the hateful views and violent actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis. This racism and bigotry is the worst kind of evil in our world and does not represent the true values of America. The true values of our country, values like equality and solidarity, are what have always overcome the most abominable prejudices.
Any response must begin with our leaders, starting with President Trump, acknowledging this for what it is: domestic terrorism rooted in bigotry.
My heart goes out to the victims especially the family of those who lost their lives including a young woman named Heather Heyer and state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. I pray for everyone’s safety. The labor movement condemns this domestic terrorism and remains committed to eradicating the despicable causes of hatred and intolerance.
We must put an end to this rise if racism and bigotry that continues to grow throughout the country. This is also a good time to start demanding that we remove this monuments that honor the failed insurrection of the Civil War. This symbols of the hatred and slavery.
The Color of Change is has started a petition to “Confederate symbols from all places of honor in America.”
“It is past time that we nationally stop the veneration of people who committed treason in the name of slavery!” Color of Change wrote.
Together we can show that bigotry and hatred have no place in our country and our communities.