With a president who prides himself on being controversial, we realize we can’t respond to every tweet. Besides being a waste of time, it would be impossible. But we also realize there are times when it’s important to stand up and speak out. This is one of those times.
Let us be clear when we say that racism is an evil that divides our nation and makes us vulnerable to internal violence from white supremacists and external threats. This vulnerability played out in real time on the morning of Aug. 3 in El Paso, Texas.
Over the past two years, Loudoun County Democratic Committee members traveled to Charlottesville to face off against the KKK; we met with Delores Huerta to discuss the plight of the undocumented and abused workers; we protested at Dulles Airport in opposition to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban; and we regularly protest at his local golf course. Those are just a few of the many ways we have demonstrated our collective outrage of his racist actions, policies, and comments. As a committee, we want to do more.
Just as we have many members who were born, raised and continue to live right here in Loudoun, many of our members were born abroad or have lived in other countries. Many of our members have served as diplomats or soldiers. Collectively, these experiences have helped us understand that our county and country are great – not because we are a territory with strong borders and a massive military, but because we are a county and country made up of different cultures, languages, religions, and ideologies. Our diversity is what makes us great.
Over the past several weeks, the president has used the word “invasion” in more than 2,000 ads on Facebook and in countless other media outlets. The use of that word is intentional. Its connotation directly contributes to the escalation in violence toward minorities. This is identical to language and context used in the manifesto written by the El Paso shooter. As recently as August 9, his campaign doubled down and stated they would continue with the ad campaign. These words, in the context in which both the shooter and the president used them, are racist.
President Trump’s recent attacks on the city of Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings are an assault on every African-American and minority in this country from Loudoun and Baltimore to Chicago and beyond. These attacks were also racist.
Unfortunately, over the past two and a half years, there are many more examples we can point to. His inflammatory rhetoric has not only eroded the foundation of inclusion upon which this country was founded, it has weakened our economy and our standing on the world stage. Refusal to call out and denounce racism when and where it exists only serves to enable it.
Immigration formed this nation. Immigration grew and strengthened this nation. We are a nation defined by our diversity and a commitment to tolerance and inclusion. His recent acts are counter to what we believe is foundational to being American. We view these acts as not only racist, but antithetical to what makes America great.
This statement by us is only the beginning. In order to more effectively push back on this outrageous behavior we need your support. There are three key ways you can get involved:
VOTE: It’s not good enough to show up every four years. It’s important to make your voice heard in every election, both primary and general, from town council to president. On Nov. 5 you will have another opportunity to make a statement. We are going to resoundingly reject hate and racism with our votes. We hope you will join us. You can view all of the candidates we have running for office on this page: Loudoun’s Local Democratic Candidates.
VOLUNTEER: If you can dream it, we need a volunteer to do it. We have opportunities to canvass voters, make phone calls, hand out sample ballots, write postcards, and to support our candidates and our committee between now and November.
DONATE: If you’re not able to volunteer your time, please consider donating money. Even a small gift helps. A recurring gift of just $5 per month will help us reach 50 voters between now and November, and will help us combat racism on the state and local level. Donate Here!
Finally, we want the nation to hear us when we loudly and directly challenge the president to stop his racist attacks on people of color. Join us in making our voices heard through our actions. Vote with us for a more diverse, stronger America.