In Charlottesville’s Wake, Nonprofits Urge Trump to Fire Bannon

By Timothy Sandoval, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 


Following the violence that erupted at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, some nonprofits are calling on the White House to remove aides they say sympathize with white nationalists, including top presidential adviser Steve Bannon.

One of those organizations, the NAACP, reported that thousands of people contacted it over the weekend to ask about how they could “take a stand against hate.”

“Guess it’s hard to disavow bigots and hate when they are amongst your key strategists,” the venerable civil-rights group said on Twitter, referring to a much-criticized statement from President Trump on Saturday that didn’t specifically denounce white supremacists but condemned hate from “many sides.”

Mr. Bannon, the former editor in chief of Breitbart News, once called the conservative news outlet “the platform” for the growing alt-right movement — with which many of the white-nationalist participants at Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally explicitly identify.

Civil-rights organizations also urged supporters and fellow nonprofits to get involved in combating racist extremism.

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