Joint Statement on Charlottesville from the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP and Winston-Salem Urban League. We condemn the Alt-Right's violent expressions of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia. The Alt-Right's rhetoric and actions have been of consistent concern. But this past weekend, a short three and a half hours from Winston-Salem, the Alt-Right positioned themselves as the deadly central voice of the modern neo-Nazi movement. The Winston-Salem branch NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League are united in support of civil rights organizers opposing the Alt-Right on the ground in Charlottesville. We are prepared to oppose the movement here in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem branch NAACP President, Rev. Alvin Carlisle said, "Bigotry and hate have no place in our communities. We stand arm in arm with all who reject racism, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia." Winston-Salem Urban League CEO James Perry said, "The rise of the Alt-Right is not unique to Charlottesville. This a local, regional and national issue of concern....

Working with the Young Democrats of Forsyth County and the Young Professional Republicansof Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals led a visual in support civil rights advocates in Charlottesville, Virginia. YP President, April Johnson and 1st Vice-President, Kenneth Pettigrew are quoted below. "We are just in a bolder era these days when it comes to people speaking out about their hatred of people of color, of sex and gender, of religion," April Johnson said. "For those people, the president seems to be saying to them it's OK to release their hatred, rather than depress it, when he doesn't come out and denounce it." The antidote, Pettigrew said,"is to have a real sense of one's humanity so that you can no longer be numb to the concerns of others. To me, it represents the loss of the image of God in ourselves." Read the full the story here. Read the Journal Editorial here. ...