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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Racists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, white supremacists, and white nationalists have no home in our Commonwealth...VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING.

Dear David,
This weekend we will mark one year since the tragic day in Charlottesville that changed our Commonwealth and claimed the lives of three Virginians – Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, and Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, III.
Even as we were still reeling and trying to come to grips with what we had seen, the pain was made so much worse when President Trump failed to take a stand against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and alt-right members who caused the violence and mayhem.
As I said at the time, the violence, chaos, and loss of life in Charlottesville were not the fault of "many sides." They were the fault of racists and white supremacists. And when we remain silent in the face of injustice and intolerance, or refuse to call it out when we see it, we do nothing but embolden its perpetrators.

I pledged last year to fight in every corner of Virginia to stamp out hatred. To show that racists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, white supremacists, white nationalists, and any other domestic terror groups have no home in our Commonwealth. And I promise that today, a year later, I'm still fighting just as hard, as I will be next year, the year after that, and every year thereafter.
Our Commonwealth and our country can leave no doubt that hate, racism, and white supremacist violence will be rejected, condemned, and denounced. We will not shrink from the challenge or give ground to these cowards.
This weekend, please take a moment to remember those who lost their lives one year ago, and recommit yourself to the values we hold dear, and to the important work of building a Commonwealth and a nation where each of us can live free from fear.
– Mark Herring