Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Reflects on the Events in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON , USA - CMC | "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The events that occurred on August 12th, the "Unite the Right" protest regarding the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, were indeed alarming but not surprising. The deep­ rooted hate that launched this protest has long been embedded in the fabric of this country. It has managed to rear its ugly head again, after years and years of work to remove it, we have merely covered the surface with a more palatable, thinly layered veil.

"My prayers are with the family and friends of Heather Heyer, who with incredible grace during this time of loss, have chosen to honor her memory by continuing to stand for peace and love," said Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte. "My prayers are also with the families of Lieutenant Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Bates, and the 35 persons injured at this rally."

We can no longer continue to be a country that feeds into fear mongering, or oppressive behaviors. We must fight with and for love, morality, understanding, and justice . This animus can only be treated at the root. Only then will we begin to see the kind of America that we believe exists.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn communities of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women­ Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Economic Development, Small Businesses, Banks and Social Services. She is also the Vice Chair of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.

As the current Assemblymember and District Leader, Rodneyse Bichotte has been outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.

Learn more about Rodneyse Bichotte by visiting her website at www.rodneysebichotte.com or http:// assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Rodneyse- Bichotte