Human Relations Commission releases statement affirming commitment to harmonious relations
The following statement was released by the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
Orange County stands united against hate. We recognize the anger, disappointment, and sadness expressed by county residents and workers who witnessed or learned about the Ku Klux Klan (Loyal White Knights from Pelham in northwest Caswell County) appearance in front of Orange County courthouse in Hillsborough on Saturday, Aug. 24.
It is our intention to continue to welcome and value the diversity in our county, which includes age, race, ethnicity, color, disabilities, national origin, religion, and sex.
We will always take a stand against policies, programs, and people who work against “harmonious relations,” those who foster disrespect for one another, and incite fear and violence.
There are many ways to foster a healthy and happy community. We are very clear in our position that organizations and groups with a documented history of terrorism and belief in white supremacy are not contributing to the county’s well-being.
Thus, it is our aspiration to simultaneously uphold the First Amendment and disavow racism and hate speech.
We remain hopeful that the spirit of comity and compassion will lead Orange County forward.
Dr. Deborah Stroman, Chair
Orange County Human Relations Commission
Director of Human Rights and Relations