Condemning racism


Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights condemns the overt bigotry that burst into view with several disturbing events this summer in Santa Monica and the appalling weekend of white-supremacist mayhem in Charlottesville.

Such atavistic, primitive hatred has no place in our community nor in our country, built on the ideals — still imperfectly achieved — of equality and dignity for all people.

We are heartened by the united spirit that saw the most recent anti-racist meeting in one of our public parks proceed undisturbed, as huge numbers of community members converged in a peaceful show of unity.

The white supremacists stayed away in the face of this powerful demonstration of our community values of inclusion and solidarity.

We as a community stand vigilant and unbowed in our determination to ensure that such bigotry is unconditionally rejected and will be resisted with the full force of our collective resolve.

Patricia Hoffman and Dennis Zane
Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights