Statement from Paducah Board of Commissioners Following Weekend Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Date of release:  August 16, 2017

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have left people across the country - and in our own city - heartbroken, angry, and fearful.

The Paducah City Commission stands against racial hatred and violence in all its forms.  Hate and bigotry have no place in Paducah, and we owe a sacred duty to protect the rights of every citizen, no matter the color of their skin.

We want to add our voices to our elected representatives at every level including our own United States Senator Mitch McConnell.

Our belief is that the strongest nation is a unified nation, and that democracy works best when we are united.

In Paducah, we will be proactive and do the uncomfortable work of having honest dialogue about our own history, biases, and challenges.