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Together, We Can Stop Coronavirus Discrimination

When We Act Together, We Can Stop Coronavirus Discrimination

A Letter From Hillsboro City Council

Our community is resilient, responsive, and caring. When anyone in Hillsboro experiences discrimination, we must act together against hate and bias.

The Oregon Department of Justice is reporting increased discrimination and hate crimes against people perceived to be Asian, including our Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring Hillsboro is an inclusive, welcoming community.” — Hillsboro City Council

Coronavirus-related discrimination

Health officials have made clear there is no link between coronavirus and a person’s race or national origin — anyone can get the virus, and anyone can spread it. Yet, misinformation is leading to discrimination due to the false association between race and coronavirus. This scapegoating has led to derogatory name-calling, verbal harassment, denial of entry and service, and even physical violence.

For Asian-owned businesses, the loss of customers has been especially drastic due to coronavirus misinformation, making a challenging situation even more difficult. Racist misinformation impacts livelihoods and lives. This is unacceptable, and serves as a direct call to action.

If we do not acknowledge, put name to, and directly address racism in our community, we will continue to perpetuate inequality. Racism — in the forms of offhand jokes, derogatory memes, and acts of intimidation and violence — threatens the safety, dignity, and identities of our Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American communities in Hillsboro and beyond.

Every Hillsboro resident deserves to live free of targeted economic marginalization, fear for personal safety, and discrimination. You can make a difference in our community by educating yourself and your family on the Spread Facts, Not Fear campaign from the Oregon Health Authority.

Stepping Up Against Discrimination

Here are some of the ways we are stepping up as a City:

Publicly Denouncing Bigotry
Encouraging All to Report Acts of Hate and Discrimination
Using Accurate and Inclusive Language

Working together to overcome hate

We are living through extraordinary times, but we are an extraordinary community. By staying unified, we will make it through this together.

Thank you.

Hillsboro City Council

Open the full letter in English The letter is also available in multiple languages.

Visit our COVID-19 Community Resources webpage to learn about bystander intervention during racist attacks, and for culturally-specific crisis resources, health care and food access information, and more.

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