Vigil focuses on morals in the aftermath of Charlottesville

Aug 21, 2017

Credit Caritas Community Facebook

A rally and candlelight vigil held in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Sunday evening focused on where faith fits into the conversation after the Charlottesville protests.

Steven Lysenko, who helped organize the event with the Caritas Community says the issue has moved past political boundaries.

"When a President comes out and fails to condemn an act of violence based in hate and continues to embolden them, that’s when it becomes a moral issue."

Lysenko said that President Trump has not only failed to unite the country and begin the healing process, but has emboldened those who continue to promote ideology rooted in hate and racial injustice.

The faith based gathering remembered Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a white nationalist sped into a crowd of counter-protestors at the Virginia protests, and reflected on the 19 others injured.

Lysenko said the reason we learn history is to avoid repeating it, and the undertone of white supremacy and racism in our country has gone on for far too long.

"We need to as allies, especially white males of privilege, need to stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed so that we can live out the promise of what it means to be truly free, and what it means to live in peace. There can be no justice while there is oppression."

Lysenko hopes that people of all different faiths can talk to one another because "it’s easier to work in solidarity if you know one another’s name and one another’s face."