Austin — Earlier this week, members of the Tarrant County Young Republicans attended a Martin Luther King Jr. March in Fort Worth where a member displayed a hand gesture strongly affiliated with white supremacy in a photo while in attendance.
In a time when the terror of white supremacy threatens our country and our fellow Americans, it is appalling that this behavior is not just supported but publicly displayed by some in the Republican Party — especially on the day we commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are disappointed by the actions of members in the Texas Young Republicans Federation and strongly condemn this behavior. However, we must go above condemnation. White supremacy is a sickness that must be confronted at every turn and systematically deconstructed at all levels. It is not enough to not be racist, we must be anti-racist.
Every one of us must work to break the chains of racism. We will fight hatred with love, and injustice with advocacy. This event only strengthens Texas Young Democrats’ commitment towards equity and justice.
“There is no better contrast than the purposes of this parade and the purposes of this hand signal. Mr. Coe purposefully displayed a sign linked to white supremacy — and has received little reproach from Tarrant County Republicans young and old.
“The fact that he and members of his party attended this parade at all is just another empty gesture by Republicans who at every turn fight against the ideals of economic and racial equality that Dr. King fought for his entire life,” said the Policy Director of the Texas Young Democrats, Brianna Hutchinson.