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Sen. Kamala Harris Denounces White Supremacists in Charlottesville

Kamala HarrisSen. Kamala Harris denounced the violence carried out by White supremacists in Virginia and criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to explicitly address the issue, reports The Huffington Post. She was one of many Asian American leaders who spoke out against the violence from the White nationalists.

On Saturday, a violent confrontation broke out between a White nationalist group and opposing protestors, according to CNN. A driver who was aligned with the White nationalist group drove into the crowd, killing one and injuring more than 30 others.

“This hate is against everything America stands for,” said Harris, reports Times of San Diego. “We must all stand united against it.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe condemned the incident and questioned the patriotism of those involved.

“They get out of bed every day to hate people and divide our country,” McAuliffe said at a Sunday prayer. “Let’s be honest, they need to leave America, because they are not Americans.”

Trump was one of few who failed to call out the White supremacists directly, choosing instead to focus on the “display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”

Harris was quick to criticize his choice of words in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“I often advocate that we look at many sides of an issue, walk in someone else’s shoes, and identify and reject false choices. But there are not ‘many sides’ to this.”

“‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that,” Harris continued. “It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.”

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles joined the condemnation in a statement sent to AsAmNews.

“While many have expressed shock at the White nationalists who brought their full measure of hate and anger to the streets of Charlottesville, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Latinx, and LGBT communities are all too familiar with the true face of racism seen. As Asian Americans, our own history is deeply intertwined with White supremacy-driven bans and prohibitions including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, so-called alien land laws, anti-miscegenation laws, and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.”

AsAmNews also received a statement from Muslim Advocates which put the blame squarely on President Trump.

“For many years, the White supremacist movement was marginalized to the fringes of our society. Now, through his presidency and two year campaign rhetoric of bigotry and hate, Trump has catalyzed the movement and fostered an environment that allows this type of violence and bigoted ideology to prosper.”


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