Once again we find ourselves confronting an emboldened, racist minority. And once again we all have a responsibility to act.
When we see hatred, we must speak up. When bigots march in our communities, we must stand united in opposition. When racism is stoked for political gain, it’s on all of us to denounce and decry the hate.
I hope history won’t remember the cowards with torches this weekend, but instead shines with the light of those who joined together for freedom, peace, and justice — people like Heather Heyer.
Our lowest common denominator will not prevail, not in the United States of America. This must be a moment where we reaffirm a core commitment: We will never ignore an attack on our people. We will not tolerate hate in any form from Charlottesville to Seattle, and we will not allow white nationalists to feel emboldened by the administration in D.C. Instead we’ll make our common progressive values — inclusion, justice, and compassion — ring from sea to sea.
We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. And we’ll do it together.
Very truly yours,