Letter to the Editor, Oct. 11
Democrats respond to hate
To the editor:
Last week, the white nationalist groups responsible for the tragic events in Charlottesville, announced plans to hold a similar rally in Shelbyville. The Bedford County Democratic Party met Saturday to discuss their efforts to safely counter their presence.
We acknowledge their constitutional right to assemble and protest, but tke issue with their rhetoric and ideology; calling their stance one of, “hate.”
Who Are They?
It is of the utmost importance that all Shelbyvillians—and Tennesseans at large—fully understand the philosophies of those invading our public spaces. They are not, ‘good ole country boys.’ These people advocate for the stripping away of rights, and/or complete removal of, anyone who is non-white and non-Christian to create a nation where only whites are recognized as citizens.
The coalition of white nationalist groups rallying in Shelbyville include the League of the South and the Traditionalist Worker Party. Both organizations have websites filled with racial slurs, calls for violence against non-whites, and articles indicating a desire to, ‘establish an independent White ethno-state in North America.” ( http:/www.tradworker.org/points ) Additionally, anti-American sentiments are included against the very document that established our independence as a nation. League of the South’s website states, “the God-ordained superiority [of the white race] is buried beneath the monumental lie that all men are, ‘created equal.’’
Which Side Are you On?
We are living in politically divisive times. But racial cleansing isn’t a partisan issue. However, there are only two sides to it—with them or against them. And now is not the time for silence. Shelbyville needs to know where our public officials stand.
We call on all of Tennessee’s elected officials, candidates for office, ministers, business owners, and all responsible leaders of every political persuasion to issue public statements letting the public know where you stand on the issue of white nationalism.
Our hometown of Shelbyville is a multi-ethnic, diverse, and beautiful community that celebrates our differences and learns from each other. As one Shelbyville, we will fight their hate with a fierce love for all of our citizens. Additionally, the Bedford County Democratic Party will turn its back to those wishing to use our streets and public spaces to spew their hateful, racist, and violent rhetoric. We will continue to love our neighbors and work with everyone to ensure our community is a welcoming place for all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity. As Democrats have done for decades, we are committed to fight against injustice and discrimination in any form. Shelbyville-Bedford County is no place for hate.
Sharon Kay Edwards,
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