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Orange County Human Rights Group Denounces Charlottesville Violence

Inaudy Esposito, Executive Director, Orange County Human Rights Commission.
Inaudy Esposito, Executive Director, Orange County Human Rights Commission. Photo Credit: Contributed
A screenshot of a car after it hit anti-racist protesters Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. One person was killed.
A screenshot of a car after it hit anti-racist protesters Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. One person was killed. Photo Credit: Brennan Gilmore via Twitter @brennanmgilmore

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. – The Orange County Human Rights Commission is speaking out against the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

"The Commission stands in solidarity with the communities of color and marginalized groups that are under attack. We are responsible to speak out against hatred and extremism, remaining silent or inactive should not be an option,” Executive Director Inaudy Esposito said in the statement. "Now more than ever it is important that we stand united in peace, so the people of Orange County know we are intent on being part of the solution in the fight against racism and discrimination."

Violence broke out on Saturday, Aug. 12 when a group of white nationalist demonstrators clashed with counter protesters in the Virginia college town. The violence left one girl dead and dozens injured.

"As the visibility of white supremacy groups continues to grow, the Commission stands with our community, as we unite against acts of bigotry and intolerance. We will continue to have vital conversations that promote the celebration of our differences and equality for everyone and will work together to ensure that all our residents feel safe and heard," Esposito said. "White supremacy, Racism and bigotry have no place in Orange County, or anywhere in America. We will not accept it, we will not tolerate it.”

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