PRESS STATEMENT

UnidosUS Condemns Events in Charlottesville, Calls on President Trump to Fire Staff with Ties to White Supremacists in White House

August 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement regarding the events this past weekend that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Heather Heyer and to all the victims of the racist violence in Charlottesville this weekend. We stand with those who bravely protect and defend all communities that have been targeted by bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

Today, nearly 48 hours after Saturday’s tragic events, President Trump finally condemned by name neo-Nazi and White supremacist organizations. But unfortunately, his comments sound more like empty posturing when we look at the policies this administration has put into place that target vulnerable communities, and the White supremacist ties of some of his key advisors.

The reality is that time and again, this president has sought to divide instead of unite the country. When President Trump was a candidate, he slandered Mexican immigrants as criminals, questioned the fairness of a distinguished U.S.-born judge based solely on his Mexican heritage, and constantly repeated debunked falsehoods about immigration.

Today the president said that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Saturday’s terrorist car attack that took the life of Heather Heyer and injured 19 others. But more than seven months into his administration, hate crimes and incidents have risen exponentially across the country. This has included several attacks on mosques—including a recent bombing in Minnesota. These acts are the result of the hateful rhetoric used by Trump both as a candidate and as president, and the administration’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies that we have repeatedly denounced.

While the president’s statement today is an overdue improvement, the president’s overall response to the events in Charlottesville has been tepid, inadequate and bereft of leadership.

In that vein, we join with a host of our sister civil rights organizations in calling on President Trump to fire all those in his administration who have ties to White supremacists—namely Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller.

We will continue to raise our voices against bigotry and racism. We will not be silent.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our community stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
ggomez@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732