A Pima County Supervisor is under fire after she posted a controversial comment from her personal Facebook page on a shared article. The comment was posted a day after a white supremacist turned deadly.
Supervisor Ally Miller is defending her comment and calls it identity politics but opponents are not letting this one slide by.
During a phone interview, Miller tells James T. Harris from radio station 104.1 KQTH that the backlash is surprising.
The Facebook comment post is as follows:
"I am sick and tired for being hit for being white. It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary." - Ally Miller, Supervisor, District 1
She says, "What I find most astonishing is how so many of us assume any specific condemnation of the white supremacy was even needed. Of course, we all condemn white supremacists and hate speech."
According to Miller, she says someone said she "portrayed herself as a victim of anti-white racism."
Miller says that's certainly not what she meant. "It might be their interpretation but what I was referring to was the simple minded identity politics, and I think the American people are rejecting those politics."
Other Pima County Supervisors are stepping in.
In a letter written by Richard Elias, he says, "These comments further legitimize the immoral ideology of white supremacy that is on the rise in our country."
— Jennifer Martinez (@Jennymartineztv) August 14, 2017
"No one is asking you to apologize for being white, but you owe it to your community to apologize," says Elias.
Supervisor Steve Christy backed Miller up. He says, the post using her personal Facebook account to comment on a shared article "Unfortunately, gave her detractors the fodder they have been waiting for - an opportunity to pounce and to denounce her."
The violence and resulting deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend are deplorable and shocking. Anything resembling activity involving or utilizing the putrid smell of "White Supremacy", "Neo-Nazism", and the "KKK" should and must be condemned in the strongest of possible terms. There is no place in our American society for any kind of violent and racist behavior.
Supervisor Ally Miller's post using her personal Facebook account to comment on a shared article unfortunately gave her detractors the fodder they have been waiting for - an opportunity to pounce and to denounce her.
All Americans must join together as one and reject violence as a tool in the arena of public discourse.
Steve Christy, Supervisor, District 4
"I certainly will not be ashamed for the color of my skin," says Miller.