Charlottesville and beyond | Mayor's Corner

By Dave Earling | Aug 14, 2017
Dave Earling

Editor's note: This column by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling also will run in Thursday's print edition of the Edmonds Beacon. The Beacon is putting it online in advance at the mayor's request.

I seldom comment on national issues, but the wrong in Charlottesville and the resulting failure of leadership and national outcry this past weekend points out wrongs on so many levels.

Call them white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neo-nationalists, KKK or whatever. A large, well-organized group was in Charlottesville this past Saturday to deliver their message of hate, division and separation. The results caused a riot and mayhem in that city, which then spread across the United States.

And we once again have the tragic death of a U.S. citizen – Heather Heyer.

The scene in Charlottesville and resulting chaos across the country is all too reminiscent of the 1960s, when the same violence, hate, division and separation existed. We asked ourselves then, and should once again ask ourselves to find the morality we expect of ourselves.

Let's be clear: the incident in Charlottesville was at its root an example of bigotry and racism, and the death of Heather Heyer probably constitutes a hate crime. And let's be equally clear – the underlying cause of the tragedy is the attempted resurgence of white supremacists.

Just as painful to watch was the lack of leadership at the top of our government by not being clear that what we all saw and experienced in Charlottesville is wrong.

Playing to your base is one thing, but not clearly defining what the nation saw in Charlottesville is, again, simply wrong. The pain of watching competing forces in the White House develop mixed messages causes dysfunction in our country and the international community. And it continues to puzzle us all.

I believe the United States is fundamentally a moral nation. It is time to once again reassert that morality. To continue adrift is not who we are.


Comments (2)
Posted by: Lori Susan Kunze | Aug 14, 2017 11:32

Dear Mayor,

Thank you for speaking so eloquently on this subject.  As an Edmonds citizen of barely a dozen years, I try not to live in a cocoon.  As much as I love my new town, I believe we are all affected by national and international news, whether it be good or bad.  I hope others are appreciative of your comments here.

Lori S. Kunze


Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | Aug 14, 2017 14:41

Thank you Mayor Earling.  Edmonds is a wonderful town, but we are part of the greater community of Americans, and voices such as yours are needed and appreciated!

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