Charlottesville, Virginia, can and should serve as a rallying cry for opposition to voices of racism and bigotry.
The ugliness represented by and violence fomented by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, resulting in three deaths and dozens of injuries in Charlottesville on Saturday, was a stain on our country.
In response, all of us who believe in equality, acceptance and civility - from our leaders to average citizens – should, collectively, send this unified message: Those views are unacceptable; no place exists for them in America.
We were pleased to hear the words about Charlottesville spoken by President Trump at the White House on Monday. The words were two days late, but they served a valuable purpose in setting a proper tone nonetheless.
"Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. ... Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America," Trump said.
Sadly, hatred will never disappear entirely. To diminish its reach and impact, all Americans of good, decent conscience must stand up to and speak out against the spectre of hate, in all its forms, whenever and wherever it emerges from under its rock of intolerance.