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Norton Says Charlottesville Shows Trump Has Let Loose Demons from America’s Racial Past That Must Still Be Confronted

Aug 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a life-long civil rights activist, issued the following statement on the violence in Charlottesville, VA following white supremacist demonstrations.

“In a life spent striving for equal rights, I am accustomed to setbacks.  No setback I have known, however, has been as foreseeable as the attacks in Charlottesville, VA.  The reemergence of white supremacist and neo-Nazi affiliated hate groups, and even the KKK, and their relationship to the Trump presidency, now cannot be doubted.  It was public opinion that forced several attempts by President Trump to respond to the Charlottesville violence after he all but equated the white supremacists and the counter protestors.  Trump may have brought the nation together not by his words, but by his failure to learn the lesson of 400 years of slavery and racial oppression.”