Feminist Majority Statement on Weekend’s Deadly White Supremacist Rally

A statement by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal on the domestic terrorism carried out this weekend by the white supremacist movement.

“This weekend, in Charlottesville and Seattle, our county witnessed a dangerous and deadly display of hatred from white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK, all under the banner of the so-called alt-right. We watched as dozens were injured, some critically, and one brave defender of civil rights, Heather Heyer, was murdered. We cannot forget about the millions of people who have been killed and injured in the name of this vile ideology. That’s why we must confront this dangerous movement of domestic terrorism.

These white nationalists have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump; they proudly say so themselves.  It took 48-hours for President Trump to condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK, but he has yet to denounce their support for his leadership, or condemn the so-called alt-right movement, members of which currently serve in prominent positions of his administration. It is disturbing to say the least and unmasks the intolerant reality of too much of his legislative agenda.

The tragedy of this weekend, and the President’s weak response, has made us as determined as ever to fight back against his bigotry and attacks on progress, from the dismantling of federal civil rights offices, to his racist immigration plan, to his assault on women’s rights and LGBTQ rights. Feminists will not go back; we will fight back in the spirit of nonviolent resistance.”