On Charlottesville

Dear GCC Community,

It has been most difficult for our nation to watch and experience the levels of hatred and intolerance unfold at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The violence committed by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups is not an example of free speech but an act of deep seated racism and anti-Semitic bigotry. Heather Heyer, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, lost their lives and 35 others were injured in that confrontation. The injury to the soul of our nation will deepen if we do not clearly condemn and rebuke the acts of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis responsible. We must then recommit ourselves to the core egalitarian values on which our democracy is built.

Between inclusion and racism I am betting on inclusion. Between fascism and democracy we will stand for democracy. Between hate and love, I know that love will prevail. And between the hindsight of yesterday and the uncertainty of tomorrow, I am confident that we will work together to create the community we want the world to become.

As this fall semester approaches, I want to reaffirm GCC’s collective commitment to inclusion, equity, and justice for all. Our Mission and Vision, Principles of Education, and Statement of Inclusion speak of our values and remain our compass going forward.

Hate has no place at GCC!

Bob

3 thoughts on “On Charlottesville

  1. We all have to stand for a better world. We cannot as people allow one group of citizens to be persecuted, isolated, or labeled. Every person has to take control of their own morality and sense of being. We all have to unite to make the world what we need it to be for future generations! Bravo!

  2. I went to GCC at age 50. I never found a place more inclusive and accepting of people of all ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientations, or other differences, than GCC. Thanks you Bob Pura for being a great leader of the GCC community.

  3. Thank you, Bob, for this thoughtful and committed statement. It is leaders like you who will make our better dreams reality.

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