August 28, 2017
ECAASU Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville
The East Coast Asian American Students Union (ECAASU) unequivocally condemns the racist and anti-Semitic beliefs and actions of white supremacists across the nation and specifically within Charlottesville, Virginia. The violent acts and dangerous rhetoric displayed at the University of Virginia were acts of domestic terrorism. These actions must not be confused with freedom of speech or freedom of protest. These actions constitute an attack on our most marginalized.
On Friday, August 11th, hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia, carrying torches. On Saturday, August 12th, thousands more of these white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. As anti-racist counter protesters gathered to rally against the white supremacists, a driver plowed through the crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 people. Over the course of the weekend, over 30 people were injured.
ECAASU recognizes and supports the anti-racist counter protesters, especially the many Black Lives Matter activists and religious groups including the First United Methodist Church, who organized against the white supremacists. We affirm calls to center Black voices in the wake of this tragedy and encourage our community to organize locally. It would be a mistake to think of this as an isolated incident.
Here are some ways you can show solidarity if you can’t protest in Charlottesville:
Utilize social media to share information
Organize locally and attend local protests
Donate to a community organization on the ground
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