There is No Room for Hate in Justice

Friday night, I watched tiki torch bearing hate mongers and white supremacists march through a dark university campus, surround defenseless students, and attack them for rejecting a vision of the world founded on white power. Saturday, I watched in anguish as a dark car plowed through a peaceful crowd of social justice warriors and killed a woman, injuring scores of others. The emails and texts I exchanged with other nonprofit leaders and my staff were filled with horror, anguish, and righteous anger.

By Sunday, I felt emboldened as I stood in community with others at a vigil, vowing to fight the racism that fuels white supremacy.

From claims that women are biologically unfit for certain jobs to violent hate marches calling for a return to all white power, I see these issues and moments as intrinsically linked. This isn’t about free speech. Women, people of color, and those without social privilege are being assaulted and killed.

We cannot fight for gender justice and ignore the systemic oppression of racism and white supremacy.

Now is the time.

Now is the time to stand with women and people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and gay and trans people to fight repression, stereotypes, and oppression — especially as this Administration continues to orchestrate damaging civil rights roll-backs.

We must stop this Administration from empowering racial hatred groups from playing such an outsized role in policymaking across our government.

We must stop this Administration from empowering racial hatred groups from playing such an outsized role in policymaking across our government.

If our government refuses to uphold the standards of our most basic democratic ideals, my organization Equal Rights Advocates will do it for them.

My thoughts are with the family of Heather Hyer who was murdered while standing up for racial justice and all those terrorized by the weekend’s events.

I stand in solidarity with those fighting white supremacy and neo-Nazi hatred. Stand with us as we call on those who support gender equity to also support racial equity and oppose racial terror and intimidation.

Read Equal Rights Advocates statement on the violence in Charlottesville.

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