Alexander Statement on Events in Charlottesville

Posted on August 13, 2017

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville:

"Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, like any racists, tear apart the American character. They deny that we are all Americans, without regard to race, creed or background.

"That is why even going back to when I was governor of Boys’ States in 1957, I called for outlawing the Ku Klux Klan, and as a student editor in 1962, I helped to desegregate Vanderbilt University. To open doors to African Americans, as governor, I appointed the first black Supreme Court Justice and the first black Chancellor. As president of the University of Tennessee, I appointed the first black UT vice-presidents.

"I will continue to oppose those who would close doors to Americans based upon race, religion or background."

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