Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins released the following statement calling for unity in condemning white supremacy and hate groups:
“White supremacy has a heinous chapter in our history that no Louisianan wants to resurrect. When David Duke ran for Governor in Louisiana, Republicans and Democrats came together behind the leadership of President George H.W. Bush to reject his candidacy. Today, we must once again reject calls for white supremacists to mobilize. We must look past our differences and reaffirm the shared values that make us Americans.
Those shared values are why I stepped forward after September 11th to defend our nation and why I am stepping forward again today. I urge Senator Cassidy and every Louisianan to step forward together in denouncing white supremacy and declare in a united voice that we unequivocally condemn last night’s call for hate groups to “stand by.”
We as a state and as a people have battled and defeated the scourge of white supremacy before and we shall do it again.”