To the Williams Community,
As many of you know, this weekend violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists staging a “Unite the Right” rally and anti-racist counter-protestors. Many people were injured and one counter-protestor was murdered. The violence occurred on and near the University of Virginia campus.
The events in Charlottesville were an assault by organized forces of racism and bigotry—a vile and vicious attack on all Americans. That attack is antithetical to everything Williams stands for, and to the values I personally hold most dear. This is not about partisan politics: Republicans, Democrats, and independents from across the political spectrum, and throughout our entire community, are united in opposition to such foul acts. We express our support for and solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and UVA, and with all who are the targets of bigotry and hatred.
Let me be clear. There is no moral equivalence between racists and those who oppose them. Hatred is immoral, undemocratic, and wrong. It has no place at Williams, nor should it be allowed a footing on any campus, nor in our society as a whole.