In The Wake Of Charlottesville, Congress Passes Resolution Urging President Trump To Denounce White Supremacy

The bill is waiting for President Trump's signature.

In the wake of the deadly clash between various alt-right factions and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last month, race relations in America have once again taken center stage. Now, Congress is taking action in an effort to show White supremacy will not be tolerated in America.

For many, the Unite the Right protest arguing against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee that saw hundreds of (mainly) White men take to the streets with tiki torches and chanting things such as "Jews will not replace us" served as a prime example of just how deeply divided this country is. 


The situation only intensified when, in response to the disturbing show of racism and bigotry, President Trump failed to call out hate groups by name and instead noted there was violence on "both sides," effectively equating White supremacists with those who were standing up against them. He later backtracked a bit and called hate groups "repugnant" while also declaring "racism is evil," according to the New York Times, but for many, the damage had already been done. 

That's why, on September 12, the House unanimously passed a bill that condemns the "violence and domestic terrorist attack" that took place in Charlottesville just one day after the Senate did the same. The joint resolution, which also urges the president and his administration to actively combat "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups," is now headed to President Trump's desk to be signed.

According to the bill, President Trump and his administration should "use all available resources" to "address the threats" posed by the aforementioned hate groups.

As BuzzFeed News points out, the legislation also calls special attention to the two state troopers who perished in a helicopter crash while monitoring the events in Charlottesville, as well as Heather Heyer — a counter-protester who was killed when a car drove into a group of people speaking out against racism at the rally.

Several senators have already taken to social media to urge Trump to sign the resolution, including GOP Rep. Tom Garrett, who represents the Charlottesville area and introduced the House version of this bill, according to CNN. Take a look at some of their requests below:

Whether or not the president signs this joint resolution remains to be seen, though an early report from Politico reporter Annie Karni suggests he will endorse it.


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