Washington D.C. will not allow white nationalists to receive preferred treatment while using local transit during their “Unite the Right” rally in the city.
Last week, the cities transit authority said it was considering reserved train cars for white supremacists in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville.
It was Local 689 who made it apparently clear that union members would in no way represent an authority that gives any type of special treatment to America’s most racist citizens.
ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter had this to say in a letter:
“Local 689 is proud to provide transit to everyone for the many events we have in D.C. including the March of Life, the Women’s March and Black Lives Matters” rallies,
“We draw the line at giving special accommodation to hate groups and hate speech,” Jeter said. “We find it hypocritical… to make these unprecedented special accommodations for a hate group.”
The union said that people of color make up “more than 80 percent of Local 689’s membership … the very people that the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups have killed, harassed and violated. The union has declared that it will not play a role in their special accommodation.”
Washington D.C. is a racially diverse city so here’s to hoping that everything remains peaceful as thousands of racists march and protest.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.