Butterfield Statement on Demonstration in Durham

Aug 18, 2017
Press Release

DURHAM, NC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the demonstration in Durham:

“There is no place for hate, bigotry, and racism in our society.  The demonstrators today are making it known loudly and clearly that the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups are not welcome in our communities.

“The actions in Durham do not take place in a vacuum.  People of good will no longer tolerate anyone who desires to honor and celebrate a dark period of American history.  240 years of slavery in America is considered an original sin and we have long been moving toward a color blind and inclusive society. 

“Through his words and actions, it is clear that President Trump either condones or is indifferent to racist behavior and policies that will turn back the clock on the progress we have made toward equality.  President Trump must forcefully and unequivocally condemn the actions of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other extremist groups and reject their political support. 

“Like Governor Cooper, I call for the immediate removal of all confederate statues and monuments that are displayed on government property, including the US Capitol.  These monuments depict a period of history that must be taught to future generations but not celebrated.”