Philadelphia, August 14, 2017 – The country is reeling following the tragic events that unfolded after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Charlottesville – which is the home of the University of Virginia – has received an outpouring of support from those of the right and left, of all races and ethnicities.
In addition, many UVA alumni, like Councilman Derek S. Green (At Large) are expressing their condolences for the families involved, as well as voicing their disappointment and concern with respect to the state of race relations in America.
“As a UVA graduate, the images coming out of Charlottesville are beyond troubling,” Councilman Green stated in a Facebook post over the weekend. “More than ever we must strive to make our city, state, nation and world a better place. If we don’t, those who feed off the hate and violence in our world will win. This is not acceptable.”
Councilman Green, along with thousands of other Philadelphians, attended a vigil in Center City on Sunday to honor the Charlottesville victims and to help expedite the healing process. As many other similar events were held around the nation, Americans directly condemned racism and white nationalism – calling out such extremist groups as the Alt-Right, Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
“That’s why even in the darkest hour, as we walk through the Valley of Dry Bones, we must press on and unite with other allies to defeat those who would inflict harm and attempt to reverse what we have achieved,” said Councilman Green.
Councilman Derek S. Green, Esquire is currently serving his first term as an At-Large member of Philadelphia City Council. Green is Chair of Council’s Committee on the Disabled and Persons with Special Needs. More information at phlcouncil.com/DerekGreen