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Statement on Supervisor Miller's Comments

Aug 14, 2017 | Read More News
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Monday, August 14, 2017
Contact: Caitlin Jensen, 520.310.6262

Supervisor Elías: Supervisor Miller Must Apologize to Pima County

Tucson, Arizona--- Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías issued the following statement in light of comments expressed by his colleague, Supervisor Ally Miller, this weekend:

“I am deeply saddened by one of my colleagues’ response to the violent and heartbreaking events in Charlottesville. Instead of calling for unity after the deaths of three Americans, as Neo-Nazis and domestic terrorists marched on the streets of an American city, Supervisor Miller called for further division.

These comments further legitimize the immoral ideology of white supremacy that is on the rise throughout our country, from cities that that want to regulate how people go to the bathroom, to states that seek to make it legal to drive into crowds of peaceful protestors, all the way to the White House, and it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

This kind of sentiment is not representative of Southern Arizona’s beautiful diversity, and it is not becoming of an elected official tasked with protecting the safety and wellbeing of every resident of Pima County.

Supervisor Miller, nobody is asking you to apologize for “being white”, but you owe it to our community to apologize for your remarks. As Americans, we must stand with our all of our brothers and sisters against hatred, racism, and white supremacy. Pima County is stronger because we celebrate our multicultural heritage. Nobody should feel unsafe or unwelcome here because of who they are.”