Harper's Statement on Charlottesville


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following the deadly domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, sponsored legislation condemning hate groups.

“Hatred, racism, sexism, bigotry and violence have no place in our country,” Harper said. “Not only am I stunned at what happened in Charlottesville, but I am appalled at the response from our president, who refused to call the alt-right protestors for what they are: domestic terrorists.”

Harper was a co-sponsor of House Resolution 569, which condemns white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other groups that espouse hate. It also mourns the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a group of people protesting against hate, and the deaths of Virginia state troopers Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, whose helicopter crashed in the area after responding to the protests.

Harper also recently sponsored and passed House Bill 2390, which extends hate crime protections for the exterior and grounds of religious buildings. Individuals convicted of committing hate crimes must attend in-person educational classes to discourage hate crimes, as well as perform community service. Harper’s measure also gives judges the ability to determine a fair financial amount owed to the victim. The measure has passed the General Assembly, and is awaiting action by the governor.

“We must work together to ensure that these violent actions do not continue,” Harper said. “The best way to eliminate racism in our country is to have an open conversation about our history, and can come together to heal the wounds of our past.”

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