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August 14, 2017

On Saturday, a group of white supremacists – screaming racial epithets and other words of hatred and bigotry -- rallied in Charlottesville, VA. One person was killed and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into the crowd.

This tragic event took place at a “Unite the Right” rally following Charlottesville’s plan to remove a Confederate statute from a local park. The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members who were met with hundreds of counter protestors.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts go out to the family who lost their loved one and the families of those who were injured. 

In the strongest possible terms, we condemn this heinous act of violence and will not sugar coat it in any terms. Plain and simple, what happened in Charlottesville was domestic terrorism and there is no moral equivalency between white supremacist groups violently protesting the removal of a Confederate statute from a city park and those counter-protesting against hate groups.

Diversity is what makes our country great and the actions of white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and extremist groups do not reflect the values that make America great. We stand with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and encourage white supremacists to leave the country now. America has no place for you.

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The City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission is responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the equal rights climate in the City of Milwaukee and supporting the City’s vision of a Milwaukee where opportunity is abundant and accessible to all.