UTS and EDS@UTS Condemn the Evils of White Supremacy and the President’s Immoral Response

In a press conference held yesterday afternoon, President Trump spoke at length about the heinous acts of white supremacy that took place in Charlottesville, VA and assigned equal blame to “both sides” for Saturday’s violence. When our nation needed outright condemnation, the President offered a shockingly immoral response. He spoke of “very fine people on both sides,” when clergy marched on one side while the other brandished torches and swatsikas.
Decrying fascism and white supremacy is not an ethically Herculean effort. It is the bare minimum, and yet our President was unable to clear this very lowest of bars. When it comes to neo-nazis there is only one side: Either you vigorously oppose them or you stand complicit in their evil. The president’s failure — once again — to condemn hatred by its name is utterly reprehensible.
And yet, none of this should be at all surprising. Donald Trump ran for office on a platform of ethnocentrism, bigotry and xenophobia. He has repeatedly endorsed the viewpoints of white supremacists, and amplified their voices. His recent comments are but the latest sins in a life defined by racism and discrimination. However, while his remarks may not be surprising, we cannot cease to be shocked by them. We cannot allow his repugnant views to become further normalized. People of conscience must give his racism no quarter in our hearts or political life.
At Union Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School at Union, we belong to a variety of faiths. While religions may differ in the

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