The following is an excerpt from Katie Reilley | August 17, 2017 | Time.com |
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., as "cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong" after President Donald Trump said "both sides" were to blame for the violence.
"There is fear, pain, anger, disappointment, discouragement and embarrassment across America, and I know, too, here within the Department," DeVos wrote in the memo, which was published by Politico.
"Last weekend’s tragic and unthinkable events in Charlottesville, which stole three innocent lives and injured many more, were wholly unacceptable. The views of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other racist bigots are totally abhorrent to the American ideal. We all have a role to play in rejecting views that pit one group of people against another. Such views are cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong."
She criticized "hate-filled conversations" that have "reopened hurtful wounds from shameful portions of our nation’s past."
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