New Detroit President & CEO Shirley Stancato issues statement on Charlottesville, Virginia

This is a very ugly moment in our nation’s history.

We have a president whose public pronouncements equate activists protesting racism with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. His words are welcomed and praised by those neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the same people who conducted a torch-lit parade in Charlottesville, Virginia chanting slogans like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” Some of those marchers, he says, are “very nice people.”

This country has had other ugly moments in our history: the original sin of slavery, the Jim Crow era, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, lynchings, the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. But we have never had a president who so completely abdicated his responsibility for moral leadership by defending the voices of bigotry and hate.

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