Beginning on August 11, 2017, hundreds of white nationalists have marched and committed racially motivated violence on the streets Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, on August 12th, a car driven by one of those racists plowed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing one and injuring 19.
Not Dead Yet is horrified by and condemns this violence and the racism and anti-semitism that motivated it, and we deplore the failure of police and other authorities to protect innocent people.
As people with disabilities and our allies, Not Dead Yet acknowledges the shameful reality that our country was founded on racism and oppression of Indigenous people, African slaves and other marginalized immigrants.
In solidarity with the victims, their families and the city of Charlottesville, we state in the clearest terms that racism and anti-semitism, like misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and religious bigotry, has no place in our society.
[Thank you to Anita Cameron, NDY’s Director of Minority Outreach, for her assistance in preparing this statement.]