The Mayor and the Human Rights Commission have issued a statement condemning the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA.
Think hate can't happen here? In 2016, the local African American cemetery was vandalized.
(PHOTO: The African American Cemetery in Rye, part of the Greenwood Cemetery.)
"Dear Rye residents,
While the City is primarily engaged in local municipal issues, it is hard not to notice issues which have gained national attention of late. As mayor, I condemn the hateful actions in Virginia, and join in the statement by our human rights committee, attached below.
Mayor Joe Sack
Human Rights Commission Statement on the events that took place in Charlottesville:
The Rye City Human Rights Commission strongly condemns the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. We are a country founded and strengthened through diversity. We believe finding common ground to elevate us all is our human purpose.
We stand united with those who oppose intolerance and racism. We call on all elected officials to be clear and fearless in standing up for the values and humanity inscribed in the Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Our hearts go out to the families of protesters and state troopers who lost loved ones. We stand firmly with them against hatred and violence and for compassion and brotherhood.
Human Rights Commission Chairperson"