We stand united in rejecting the Daily Progress’s August 10, 2017 editorial. White supremacy is a system, it is not an individual. We come together on Saturday to reject this structure of racism and oppression that marginalizes communities of color and the poor in our city every day. Blaming white supremacy on black politicians is absurd and dangerous. It scapegoats those who stand up against systems of white supremacy and does not acknowledge our complicity in structures of oppression, injustice, and racial terror.
Further, the upcoming convergence of white nationalism is incidental to the removal of statues. Rather, white nationalists are capitalizing on a local decision in order to consolidate an axis of power. They fear our strength, they fear our unity, they fear our love, they fear our progress, and they fear our resilience.
Our current political moment shows us exactly how white supremacist hate when unchecked and unchallenged takes the form of racist and violent policies against the most vulnerable in our nation. Our commitment to serve our community extends beyond August 12th. We demand the following:
End militarized police units like the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) and it’s successors.
Remove the Jackson and Lee statues, immediately.
Fulfill the “Positive Vision of Resident Directed Redevelopment” from the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents.
Drop the charges against Veronica Fitzhugh.
Apologize publicly for negligence in Sage Smith’s disappearance, and commit to an expansion of the investigation.
Cease the targeting of Black families by social services to send children into foster care.
End money bail, and release people being held without bond before their trial.
Stop CPD’s use of discriminatory stop-and-frisk.