In the wake of the Charlottesville protest and counter-protest that left three people dead and the incredibly insensitive and tone-deaf response from President Trump, Broward County Rep. Rick Stark, the Chairman of the Legislature’s Jewish Caucus has openly urged his colleagues to openly reject bigotry.
Letter is below:
To all elected leaders:
I write you today as the Chair of the Jewish Legislative Caucus of Florida.
The violence and public displays of hatred that occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have no place in our country. These Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups embody values founded on hatred and bigotry. These are values that we as Americans do not share. As citizens of this great nation, we must be active in opposing these groups whose message and goal is a deadly poison to moving our country forward.
And as elected representatives, we must stand for something. We should serve as examples for our constituents. Regardless of partisanship, it is essential that we all come together and condemn the behavior that has led to a horrendous tragedy. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists do have the right to speak freely. They do not have the right to antagonize, commit violence, and terrorize other Americans.
I encourage all elected leaders to condemn the bigotry and the violence committed in Virginia. Your leadership is crucial to opposing this hatred and ensuring that Floridians know that terror and violence are not welcome in our state.
When hate of this kind rears its ugly head, we have to take a stand and call it what it is: just plain wrong.
Rep. Rick Stark