Thousands of people have signed the CLT 2019 Unity Letter to reject racism, bigotry and hate in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to voice their support of our diverse community. 

Add your voice - sign the CLT 2019 Unity Letter below!


The CLT 2019 Unity Letter

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

—Desmond Tutu

The recent racist and hate-filled communications to and about elected and appointed leaders of color in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are driven by attitudes and beliefs that must be rejected and resisted in the strongest of terms by people of goodwill throughout our community.

They pose a threat not just to the individuals to whom they were sent, but also to the overall fiber of who we are as a community. Their racial hostility, ignorance and insecurity is reflective of a time to which we must refuse to return. This refusal must be both individual and collective.

Therefore, as individuals and institutions who love Charlotte and who believe that our strength resides not simply in the diversity of our citizenry, but also in the diversity of our leadership, we the undersigned:

Reject any and all racist and hate-filled language and acts that seek to instill fear, perpetuate division, instigate hatred, and inflict harm.

Renew our commitment to the ongoing work of building and being a community of justice, equity, fairness, and opportunity for all.

Respect our racial and ethnic diversity and value as sources of community pride and progress.

Embrace with pride the increasingly diverse leadership of our community.

We call upon all people of goodwill to join us in doing the same.

To join us, sign up below and then share with your neighbors, colleagues, family, friends and others.


See the inaugural CLT 2019 Unity Letter signers here.

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  • Anthony and Ardeen Crawford
    signed 2019-09-08 13:22:51 -0400
  • Micki McDonough
    signed 2019-09-08 13:18:10 -0400
  • Robert Zabel
    signed 2019-09-08 13:08:43 -0400
  • Therese Berry
    signed 2019-09-08 13:04:20 -0400
  • Carol Liutkus
    signed 2019-09-08 12:51:02 -0400
  • Ric & Kris Solow
    signed 2019-09-08 12:50:51 -0400
  • Hope Jamil
    signed 2019-09-08 12:13:12 -0400
  • Frank Granger
    signed 2019-09-08 12:05:13 -0400
  • Lynne Douyotas
    signed 2019-09-08 11:25:30 -0400
    Appreciate this important effort to let citizens know that Charlottle will not tolerate racism and hate-filled language.

    I recommend you continue to have a full page add in Charlotte Observer, and other methods of getting this letter and message out.

    I plan to hang this letter up in my work place.

    Thank you for your efforts.
  • Cindy & Robert Herrin
    signed 2019-09-08 11:17:14 -0400
  • Tamara Collins
    signed 2019-09-08 11:13:17 -0400
  • Jerry Levine
    signed 2019-09-08 10:22:23 -0400
  • Laura Lewin
    signed 2019-09-08 10:00:46 -0400
  • Cathlean Utzig
    signed 2019-09-08 09:32:17 -0400
  • Lisa and Rhyne Davis
    signed 2019-09-08 09:30:15 -0400
  • Kathy Friese
    signed 2019-09-08 09:25:32 -0400
    If we don’t stand together and raise our voices against hatred then we become responsible for the outcome. Do you really want that on your head?
  • Breanne Mercer
    signed 2019-09-08 09:16:33 -0400
  • Tracey & Josh Adams
    signed 2019-09-08 09:14:01 -0400
  • David Dalmas
    signed 2019-09-08 09:12:31 -0400
    It is time to stand up and be counted.
  • Herb Clegg
    signed 2019-09-08 09:10:14 -0400
  • Bethany Johnson
    signed 2019-09-08 09:06:32 -0400
  • Danielle Gonderinger
    signed 2019-09-08 09:05:35 -0400
  • Ronny Reddig
    signed 2019-09-08 08:56:46 -0400
    Thank you for this initiative. LOVE!
  • Debra Miller
    @dmille05 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-08 08:34:39 -0400
    Let's stand united in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and embrace diversity, justice, equity, fairness and opportunity for all in our community. Sign the CLT 2019 Unity Letter before Wednesday, September 4! #CLT2019UnityLetter
  • Debra Miller
    signed 2019-09-08 08:34:01 -0400
    Debra Miller: I totally agree with the need to take action to rebut racism in our country. The increase in these hateful actions have been very disturbing, as I believed our country/state/city were past this. People who act in hateful ways should be called out and not tolerated. I love our diverse leadership and am proud of our elected officials who work so hard on our behalf.
  • Katie and Rob Willingham
    signed 2019-09-08 08:26:40 -0400
  • Robin Mott
    signed 2019-09-08 08:09:37 -0400
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  • James R Talbot
    signed 2019-09-08 08:04:21 -0400
  • Paul Koehnke
    signed 2019-09-08 07:52:39 -0400
  • Cameron Golden
    signed 2019-09-08 07:46:43 -0400