Iowa City mayor speaks out about Charlottesville
'We reject hate speech and acts of threats of violence'
IOWA CITY — In the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va., and subsequent statements by President Donald Trump regarding a rally of armed white supremacists and neo-Nazis in that city, Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton on Friday issued a statement rejecting armed intimidation and asking, “Does this president have no shame?”
“To protest against racism is not morally equivalent to armed efforts at intimidation,” Throgmorton said in his statement, sent out in a news release. “My uncles, Rannie and A.W., served in the U.S. Army during World War II, helping to defeat Nazis and fascists. They could never have imagined that 70 years later the president of their country would be providing cover for neo-Nazi white supremacists. My uncles and other brave soldiers must be cringing in their graves.”
Throgmorton called on residents of Iowa City to “reject neo-Nazis who seek to intimidate others and promulgate their hate-filled ideology. Their white supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-feminist beliefs and actions are completely antithetical to our belief in the value of living in a diverse and inclusive community.
“We reject hate speech and acts or threats of violence.”
Throgmorton said city leaders are committed to the provisions of the City Charter, the human rights provisions of the City Code and the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that protect civil liberties and provide equal protection under the law.
“We grieve for the families of the young woman and two state troopers who were killed and those who were injured in Charlottesville this past weekend,” he said. “We offer our unqualified support to the people of Charlottesville, whose leaders have also renounced the acts and words of hate groups in their community.
“And we ally ourselves with a statement recently issued by a coalition of environmental organizations: ‘No one who stands for justice, equality, and human dignity can stay silent any longer. We will stand unified against the white nationalist movement that everyday threatens America’s people and ideals, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. We will ultimately prevail by countering this hate with love.’ ”