Sec of State, Jesse White Issues Statement on Violence in Virginia

Chicago, Aug 13, 2017 — Sec of State, Jesse White, issues a statement on Sunday, regarding the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia on Saturday.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

“I am horrified by the offensive and deadly actions committed by white supremacists yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is a sad reminder that bigotry and hate exist in our country. We need to do all we can to clearly denounce this kind of hatred.

I know personally how deeply racism and bigotry can affect an individual. Having attended college at Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama, I personally experienced the ugliness of racism and bigotry. I urge our political, community and faith leaders, along with parents, to teach our young people that disliking anyone because of race, creed or color is the ugliest card in the deck. Racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated and must be condemned by our words and our actions.”