FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2023
Contact: Izzy Woodruff | IWoodruff@nationalfairhousing.org
National Fair Housing Alliance Releases Statement Condemning Racist Attack in Jacksonville
Washington, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is outraged and devastated by the hate-motivated shooting that took three lives over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. President and CEO Lisa Rice released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened that on the same day thousands gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 60th Anniversary of the civil rights movement’s iconic March on Washington, yet another attack on Black Americans occurred in this country. Our prayers go out to the families of the victims and the entire Jacksonville community. All people should feel safe in their communities and be able to move freely without the fear of racist violence. It is unconscionable that these acts of domestic terrorism continue to happen all too often, whether in Buffalo, Charleston, or now Jacksonville. These events highlight the unfinished work needed to address racial inequalities and injustices. They make it abundantly clear that we do not live in a post racial society, Black Lives do matter, and Congress must take swift action to end the scourge of racism and gun violence in our society. These acts also reveal how lies, manipulation, and obfuscating the truth breed senseless and reckless violence. NFHA is committed to amplifying and speaking truth to power, even in the face of efforts by national figures to mislead the public about slavery, racism, xenophobia, discrimination, and our nation’s full history. It is past time for this country to come together to stamp out the hatred that targets innocent people, traumatizes communities, and debilitates our society. Our failure to do so will be at our own peril.”
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of housing and lending discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all people. As the trade association for over 170 fair housing and justice-centered organizations and individuals throughout the U.S. and its territories, NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities.