One State Leader Condemns White Supremacy; The Other Does Not.

Who didn’t? You guessed it: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Following Saturday‘s violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left 19 injured and one dead after a car – driven by a Nazi sympathizer activist – plowed through a counter-protest crowd, politicians around the country – from both sides of the aisle – have publicly slammed white nationalism and Nazism head on.

But here in Texas, only one state leader, moderate Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, directly condemned white supremacy by name. His counterpart in the Senate, the right-wing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, failed to do so, only offering a vague and milquetoast criticism of “hatred and bigotry” on all sides.

Deduce accordingly.

Screen Shot: Twitter
Screen Shot: Twitter

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Racism
Tempering Fire
Tempering Fire
Boring down into a quote from Michael King's "Firestarter" column

Kate X Messer, March 27, 2015

An Archive of Reelings
An Archive of Reelings
Reflections on a town hall meeting: A love letter to "community"

Andy Campbell, Jan. 8, 2014

More by Mary Tuma
Heidi Group Heave-Hoed
Heidi Group Heave-Hoed
State finally kicks incompetent anti-choice health provider to the curb

Oct. 19, 2018

City Slickers
City Slickers
How the state’s most influential conservative think tank works to undermine our local control

Oct. 12, 2018


Racism, Joe Straus, Dan Patrick

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle