NLC Black Caucus statement on Charlottesville
The NLC Black Caucus believes Saturday’s act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by White supremacists reinforces the need for critical dialogues around race in the United States and warrants robust solutions to end the racism that pervades our society.
The events in Charlottesville directly impacted Black, Latinx, Jewish, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized communities, which further highlights why eliminating White supremacy is not only an imperative, but vital to all Americans. The NLC Black Caucus condemns this weekend long display of violence and strongly urge members of the progressive movement, our elected officials at every level of government, and the country at large to take bold yet specific steps to dismantle the racist policies and programs that perpetuate White supremacy, and to disavow and remove elected officials, business, and community leaders who have advocated for and/or continue to advocate for White supremacy explicitly and implicitly.
To accomplish this task, our White colleagues in the progressive movement must move beyond “allyship” to being accomplices in dismantling White supremacy. This means engaging in activities that support, uplift, and move long overdue resources to marginalized communities. We call on you to join direct actions (rallies, sit-ins, and other activities) at the local level to urge your local governments to pass policies and programs that protect and support marginalized communities. The protections need and should extend to the State and National levels as well. Your support can manifest through offering financial support and other resources/skills to activists and organizations led by marginalized communities.
Accomplices listen with respect to the range of cultural practices and dynamics that exists within marginalized communities. Accomplices aren’t deterred by personal guilt, shame, or hurt feelings. Accomplices feel that they have just as much to lose as those who are impacted. We have been wounded by the actions in Charlottesville, and it’s going to take all of us to collectively and diligently work towards the dismantling of White supremacy if we want to leave this nation better than what we inherited.