Statement on the tragedy unfolding in Charlottesville

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement concerning the tragic events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Today I traveled more than 200 miles across our state to attend an event with nearly 100 Indiana Democrats. Along the way, I traveled through several communities, large and small, where good and decent Hoosiers live. At the same time, hatred, bigotry and violence ensued in Charlottesville, Virginia because good and decent people there decided to fight back against the very worst characters among us who insist that a divided society is better than a united, diverse one. At the event I attended, each of the speakers spoke about the importance of inclusion – and even more importantly – action to keep pushing back against vile and indecent actions. As I go to sleep in Bloomington, IN, my thoughts tonight are with those in another college town who are working to find peace. We must condemn these acts in the clearest terms: as hateful, as racist, as a direct challenge to the core principles of our democracy, and we pray for those families affected by this tragedy and countless others that have gone unseen before it.”

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