Protect Richmond from Hate
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What happened in Charlottesville over the weekend was absolutely heartbreaking. It was evil in its purest form, and it simply cannot be tolerated. With that being said, I would strongly urge Director of the Department of General Services Christopher Beschler, Governor Terry McAuliffe, and all other state, city, and federal officials involved in the assessment process for petitions from any organizations wishing to host a similar event near the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia on September 16th to reject such requests.
As witnessed during this weekend’s rally in Charlottesville, these events have ended up as nothing more than a front for white supremacist and alt-right groups to gather and spew messages of hatred, racism, and bigotry. Moreover, they attract large crowds of violent counter protesters. The terrorist incident by an obviously sick individual who drove his car into a group of people, tragically claiming the life of Heather D. Heyer and wounding nearly two dozen others on Saturday, clearly illustrates how dangerous these type of events have become.
To allow another such rally to occur in the city of Richmond would be to knowingly present a very clear threat to the public health and safety of its residents. Not only would this be morally reprehensible but it would be fiscally irresponsible, as the amount of resources needed to protect the general welfare of the city, its citizens, and visitors would be incredibly high.
In light of what occurred in Charlottesville, it is imperative that we do everything we can to prevent similar tragedies from occurring elsewhere. United, we are so much greater than the hatred we saw this weekend. It's time we stand up and show it.
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