Speaking Out Against Hate, Standing with #Charlottesville

"..this mob of white supremacists shouting racial and ethnic slurs, using Nazi symbolism, and violently killing a peaceful protester do not reflect the American ideals we fight to preserve each day..."

This past weekend, America saw evil. A kind of racist evil we haven’t witnessed this publicly in decades. No longer hidden, angry faces were illuminated and the violent intentions were clear. However, this mob of white supremacists shouting racial and ethnic slurs, using Nazi symbolism, and violently killing a peaceful protester, do not reflect the American ideals we fight to preserve each day. While this time hateful terror groups descended on Charlottesville, VA, they have organized and grown in communities across the country.

So, today we cannot turn a blind eye. We must not let these actions become accepted in mainstream culture. Today I stand with the millions of Americans who refuse to let those extremists speak for us. We know that a true patriot treats all neighbors with respect and demonstrates his love for our great nation by celebrating our diversity of background, heritage and viewpoints.

I care deeply about this issue and realize my stepping forward as a candidate and speaking out in this public forum may make me a target, as these groups are active within our 14th district. However, I will not be silent in my outrage. I will continue to fight for liberty, justice and for equality. And I hope that you will join me.

- Lauren