Rachel Barnhart released the following statement after the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville:
Every city in America should be taking a hard look at itself tonight, including Rochester. Our community is still battling racism and inequality. What’s changing is people don’t feel the need to hide under a white hood or cover of darkness. President Trump enables this behavior when he avoids calling what happened today what it is — white supremacy, Anti-Semitism and terrorism. We need leaders who will stand up to hate, in all of its forms. As a Jewish woman, I was dismayed to see fellow Americans wearing swastikas, doing the Nazi salute and committing violence. I stand with everyone condemning what happened in Charlottesville, and I stand ready to fight hate in Rochester.
Barnhart also addressed this issue at the NBN6 Mayoral Forum. You can watch video of the full forum below.