Cephas responds to 'white nationalist' rally held at U. of Virginia, her alma mater

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., released the following statement after “white nationalists” marched down the University of Virginia campus Friday night and the weekend turned deadly after a car plowed into a crowd of activists in Charlottesville the next day:


“As a former student and graduate of the University of Virginia, I am beyond heartbroken and am deeply concerned for the students on campus, members of the community, and the families that are being impacted by this level of ignorance.


“Unfortunately, this is not my first time hearing or experiencing this kind of hate at UVA. As an African American student on campus, my peers and I had to witness some of this same hate as an amazing young African American woman running for student body president was assaulted during her campaign. In the end she was victorious but it's sad to say that today's political climate perpetuates this hatred and divide.


“My condolences go out to the families of the woman and the two police officers who lost their lives, along with all of the wounded pedestrians who were injured while fighting against racism and protecting Charlottesville citizens. Now is the time for our country to stand together and not worry if someone is black, brown, white, or yellow. We all should be worrying about just one color and that’s blue, the symbol of unity.”