STATEMENT: We stand against systemic racism and seek equity for all who call Virginia home

August 14, 2017

A Statement from The Commonwealth Institute on the Events in Charlottesville

The events this weekend in Charlottesville were horrifying. The display of neo-nazism and neo-confederacy and white supremacist actions are an affront to the values we hold. While the weekend has passed, systemic racism still remains and continues to affect Virginia’s communities of color. Lawmakers at every level need to recognize and acknowledge that public policies have created and maintained many of the social and economic problems we face, and new policies can and must be used to begin to solve them. We value Virginia’s diverse communities, and we stand against systemic racism and seek equity for all who call Virginia home.