As the tragic events unfolded over the weekend in Charlottesville, we were all reminded how abject racism is still, unfortunately, very much in existence in America today.

Hatred and bias based on race or ethnic background are the antithesis of our Jesuit heritage and the values we strive to uphold; we must teach others that tolerance, compassion, and acceptance are among our core beliefs. In the words of Pope Francis, "we must overcome individualism, selfishness, all forms of racism, intolerance and manipulation of people. Let nobody turn [his or her] back on society and feel excluded. No to segregation! No to racism!” James Martin S.J. posted a powerful and poignant response to white supremacy on his Facebook page.

We must work to combat hate - in all its forms - whenever and however it becomes evident. Like Father Martin and so many others, we denounce white nationalism. There is no place in our society for these regressive ideologies.

Please join me in praying for those who were killed and injured, and for all of society to work together to heal the many divisions so painfully evident in today's world.


Sincerely,

Linda LeMura, Ph.D.
President