A Message from Mayor Hemminger on the Events in Charlottesville
Town of Chapel Hill, August 16, 2017
On behalf of all people of Chapel Hill, I want to extend our deep sympathies to every one of the victims of Saturday’s horrific events in Charlottesville.
We stand steadfast behind Mayor Michael Signer and the city of Charlottesville in denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.
Our sympathies are heightened by the knowledge that Charlottesville is so much like Chapel Hill, a distinguished university town that prides itself upon diversity, inclusion, and openness of thought.
Recognizing that we may not be immune from such an assault upon our own community for upholding the values that we share, it is important to make it clear that, although we support First Amendment rights, we will not tolerate hatred, bigotry, racism or violence.
In the days since the tragic incidents in Charlottesville, our law enforcement officers and Town staff have been working closely with the University to be prepared should a similar event occur in Chapel Hill.
We are taking necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community, which at this time of year is welcoming students for the fall semester from all over our state, our nation and the world.
I am confident that Chapel Hill will stand united, working together to demonstrate our commitment to respectful civic discourse as a way of moving forward on the important issues that lay before our town and our nation.