Olivia Wilde Shared A Hard-Hitting Charlottesville Statement Written By Her Mom, Who Is Running For Congress

"'Blood and soil’ mixed with weapons is a terrible echo of the past."

Dozens of celebrities have come out to condemn the events of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but actress Olivia Wilde has gone further than simply disavowing the hatred — she's imploring people to take action.

Per Vulture, the 33-year-old took to Instagram on August 13 to share her shock and sadness over what transpired at the Unite the Right rally, which ended when a man allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.

However, instead of posting her own statement, Wilde shared the words of her mother, Leslie Cockburn. Cockburn is a 2018 congressional candidate hoping to unseat Tom Garrett Jr., the incumbent Republican in Virginia's fifth district and a member of the House Freedom Caucus. The district is the state's largest, and it also happens to include Charlottesville.


First, Cockburn offers residents of Charlottesville, as well as those who might feel disheartened around the country, a concrete plan of action for how to do and be better. She advocates standing up for the "targets of hate groups," spending money at minority-owned businesses, donating to a charity that supports frequently targeted groups, and encouraging law enforcement to protect the rights of all people.

Then she gets tough. The strong statement calls out the alt-right for "unvarnished Nazism," and concludes with an equally powerful sentence that references Nazi rhetoric (as well as Unite The Rights' chants) — "'Blood and soil' mixed with weapons is a terrible echo of the past." 

The President's tepid statement drew widespread criticism from both sides, so on August 14 (some 48 hours after the rally) he formally called the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other alt-right factions "evil," according to Yahoo.

Former President Barack Obama on the other hand, only needed one shot to get it right. Obama shared a quote from Nelson Mandela in response to Saturday's tragedy, which comes from Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom addresses how people aren't born with hate in their hearts. 

Cover image via Shutterstock / Tinseltown.

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