RWFM Statement on Charlottesville (Aug. 15, 2017)
The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan (RWFM) is deeply saddened by the senseless death resulting from recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the past few days, there have been calls from the left for the Republican Party to take a stand against neo-Nazi and Klan activity. Yet the Republican Party has taken a stand against slavery, racism, and discrimination since its very inception on July 6, 1854, declaring then under the oaks in Jackson, Michigan that we are, “…destined in the throes of civil strife, to abolish slavery, vindicate democracy, and perpetuate the union.”
A century later after continuing Republican led battles – including hard-won victories – against Jim Crow (segregation) laws, lynching and the Klan, in 1963, Republican Governor George Romney stood with African-Americans, marching on behalf of Michigan’s marginalized citizens. That same year, Republicans supported enshrining Civil Rights in the State’s Constitution. At the federal level, Republicans championed the national civil rights’ reforms.
As President of the RWFM and the first African-American elected to this position, I am compelled to respond to my party being wrongly accused of racism for political gain and strongly denounce the rewriting of history. Despite the emergence of hate groups in our nation, the most dangerous – and longstanding – group perpetuating hate against African-Americans is the Democrat Party.
The feigned indignation of Democrats over the Charlottesville tragedy belies the realities of their party. The Democratic Party effectively supports and promotes the murder of millions of black babies through abortion – lauded as one of its favorite causes. In Michigan, African-American women constitute only seven (7%) percent of the population but account for 51% of abortions – and Democrats are silent.
Democrat President William Jefferson Clinton apologized to the NAACP in 2015 for signing into law the most severe criminal sentencing laws that resulted in millions of black men and women spending their entire life behind bars. These laws were introduced by then Democrat Senator Joe Biden. In our inner cities, yesterday’s Klansmen are today’s disguised policy-makers who ignore the plight of Black People and left-wing academicians who fight ‘choice’ in education, thereby perpetuating failing schools and a direct pipeline to prison. Our concern and prayers are not limited to Charlottesville. In Chicago, this past weekend, the Democrats ignored the horrific deaths of the nine people killed and thirty people wounded through gun violence.
It is time to have a conversation about race and discrimination. But, it must be an honest conversation! Hate comes in many forms but apathy at the hands of the Democrat Party has resulted in Black genocide, institutionalized racism, and irreparable inequities in our inner cities. The RWFM stands with President Trump and his administration in calling out the apparent issues in the African-American community and urban centers, and his unabashed focus to address the issues of hate and race in America.
Respectfully & Politically,
Linda Lee Tarver, President
On behalf of the:
Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan
P.O. Box 16162
Lansing, Michigan 48901