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Statement Regarding Charlottesville, VA Violence

Aaliyah Jones, 38, left, hugs Boyd Tinsley, of the Dave Matthews Band and Amy Hastings, 29, all of Charlottesville, at the base of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee monument in Emancipation Park Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, over the weekend is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)

Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, the Executive Board, and leadership denounce, in the strongest terms, the violence and loss of life perpetrated by racist, nationalist terrorists during a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an organization that promotes diversity in discourse, we respect the First Amendment rights of all Americans. However, when the practice leads to terroristic acts of assault and murder, we are compelled to condemn such bigoted groups.

We share the pain of the families those injured and killed during the attack. We urge each of our brothers to engage their peers in discourse of current affairs, and share empathy for all people. We are a Brother Beyond All Barriers, including those created by our socio-political differences.
About Sigma Beta Rho

Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. is a multicultural fraternity that was founded in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. The fraternity has since grown to over 3,000 members at over 50 college campuses across the United States. For more information about Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, please visit or contact the National Executive Board at


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