We must put an end to white supremacy
August 16, 2019
Like you, I have been deeply troubled by what I consider to be anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric coming from the White House. It is no coincidence that we have witnessed a spike in hate crimes and spread of hateful white supremacist danger both online and in the streets.
In my opinion, the president's rhetoric is actively making our communities less safe, and frankly this change must start at the top. I believe it is outrageous that the President of the United States, instead of leading and healing, is dividing and fanning fears while inspiring delusional twisted souls. This upcoming weekend in our own community, we will be bracing the arrival of white supremacist protests, which has the potential of putting many lives at risk.
Hate crimes continue to be a problem in Oregon and throughout the country. FBI data showed a 17% increase in hate crimes nationwide in 2017. While initiatives to encourage hate crime reporting are actually giving us a more accurate picture of the problem, there are more steps we can and should take to address this.
Earlier this year, the Oregon legislature revised the hate crime statue for the first time since the 1980s, including gender identity as a protected class. While that will be helpful, one of the best things we can do as a community is directly help local groups and associations dealing with communities at risk of being targeted by white nationalists.
In Congress, we have a responsibility to improve hate crime reporting, assist law enforcement in effectively addressing hate crimes, and ensure people have the resources necessary if they witness a hate crime. I’m a strong supporter of the NO HATE Act, which would do exactly that.
I am committed to continuously and vigorously working with local, state, and federal partners to accurately document and address hate crimes and provide education to create a safer, more equitable society. I won’t be quiet in the face of hatred, and no one else should either. White nationalists and racists are NOT welcome in Portland. Period.