ADAPT’s statement condemning racist violence in Charlottesville, VA

Since August 11, 2017, hundreds of white nationalists from around the country have been marching, rioting, and committing racially motivated violence on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. Black students at the University of Virginia were severely beaten. Nazi flags and swastikas were brandished and anti-Semitic slurs were chanted and hurled at people. A car driven by one of the racists plowed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing one and injuring 19.

ADAPT is horrified and angry. We fully and strongly condemn racism, racist acts, and the system of white supremacy that contributed to the failure of the police to protect innocent people, but instead, protected the white nationalists. We do not tolerate anti-semitism or Islamophobia. We stand, sit, and roll in solidarity with the victims, their families, and the city of Charlottesville.

ADAPT understands and acknowledges the shameful fact that our country was founded on racism and built on the backs of Indigenous people, African slaves, and other marginalized immigrants of color.

ADAPT members are from every race, religion, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, and level of disability. We will not remain quiet or neutral when unspeakable injustice is perpetrated against others.

ADAPT believes that all life is equal and strongly condemns discrimination based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or religious preference.