The Green Party of Delaware joins with fellow Greens in unequivocally condemning the attack on anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters recently in Charlottesville, Virginia and are saddened by the deaths of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, and injuries at the act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville.
The Green Party strongly condemns the white supremacists and their rally and violent actions and expresses solidarity with all those who participated in the counter-demonstrations.
The Green Party is an anti-racist organization continually working to create a just and fair society for all. The Green Party fully supports the fundamental right of counter-protesters to free speech, freedom of assembly and redress of grievances.
The Party holds, as its Black Caucus states, that “In recognition of the central role of racism in the creation of our country’s governmental, social, and economic systems and the use of race as a means of dividing and destroying progressive movements for fundamental change, we are actively antiracist. We oppose institutional, interpersonal, and cultural racism.”
White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations thrive on violence and threats of death and mayhem. They support a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and various forms of subjugation, expulsion, and extermination for all people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and anyone who doesn’t conform to their vision of a white gentile male-dominated society based on an extremist “blood and soil” ideology.
The violence on the University of Virginia campus was consistent with the openly expressed intention of white supremacist groups to provoke a “race war” and clearly fits the definition of terrorism.
President Trump responded by casting blame “on many sides,” as if peaceful anti-racist protesters were responsible for the attacks they suffered.
The president’s reaction betrayed the influence of advisors like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who have ties to fanatical far-right, neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim, and white supremacist organizations. Greens said that Mr. Trump’s loyalty to these staffers makes him unfit to occupy the White House. (On Monday, the president condemned “criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” after widespread criticism of his initial response on Saturday.)
The Green Party counts nonviolence and respect for diversity among its Ten Key Values and has endorsed Black Lives Matter and its demand for racial justice. The party also recognizes and upholds the right of self-defense, in keeping with the Key Value of nonviolence. Greens support efforts to eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination, including removal of public monuments that glorify Confederate leaders and military personnel.
Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot
By Zenobia Jeffries, Yes! Magazine, August 12, 2017