FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 14, 2017
Contact: Mary Tablante;
NCAPA Condemns Terrorism and Hate by White Supremacists
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) strongly condemns the terrorism, hate and violence by white supremacists this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. These acts of hate have no place in our country. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the lives lost, to those injured and to their loved ones.
When white nationalists shouted racial and religious slurs and other disturbing phrases in the streets, this was not under the premise of peaceful protest; it was simply hateful violence. When James Alex Fields, Jr., allegedly plowed his car through a crowd of counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, this was an act of domestic terrorism. Beyond his unconscionably delayed denunciation of white supremacy, we urge President Trump to take action by firing those enabling white supremacists from his administration and ending his pursuit of policies that enable and promote hate and division.
As a country, we cannot and must not sanitize the terror by white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville. With incidents of hate on the rise all throughout the country, people of color, women and the LGBTQ community know all too well the dangers of racism and white supremacy. President Trump should have used his response on Saturday to immediately condemn these acts as terrorism, but instead his response was inadequate, unacceptable and un-American. While he later denounced the violence of those groups, if his intention is to unite and lead our nation, he must fully reject support from white supremacist groups and their leadership in his administration.
NCAPA is committed to working across communities for a more equitable, just and inclusive nation. NCAPA members issued the following responses:
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
- National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
- OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
- South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
NCAPA is a member of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who also condemned the hate rallies and called upon the president to act.
Sign the Asian Americans Advancing Justice pledge: Asian Americans Against White Supremacy
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 34 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.
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