from Progressive Democrats of America, 8/12/17
Today, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) feels saddened and alarmed by the events in Charlottesville, Va., where the Governor has declared a state of emergency. Groups protesting against plans to move a statue of a Confederate general attacked and injured several people. White supremacists, Nazis, and others brandishing Confederate flags, weapons, and shields drove law enforcement officials from Emancipation Park and the surrounding area—creating a chaotic and dangerously lawless situation.
PDA stands in solidarity with the peaceful protesters who challenge racism past and present. We deplore violence, and call upon President Trump to renounce his “Alt-Right” supporters—as well as any other White Supremacist, Neo-Confederate, Neo-Nazi and other extremists and hate groups who have voiced their support for him.
In 2017, it is high time to put away any and all symbols and statues that glorify the shameful legacy of slavery. It is time to move toward a truly inclusive society that celebrates and honors diversity over division, embraces everyone, and strives to achieve the lofty ideals upon which our nation was founded. That all people are created equal.