Local leaders reassured concerned residents Monday that President-elect Donald Trump’s victory doesn’t change Orange County’s values.
The joint letter from Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens and Orange County Board of Commissioners Chair Earl McKee noted that some residents have experienced racial, religious and homophobic slurs since the election.
They urged anyone who is experiencing harassment to call 911 and make a report to law enforcement.
“Perhaps this is an outgrowth from the recent inflammatory campaign season, but let us be clear: This type of harassment has no place in our county or our towns and will not be tolerated,” the letter states.
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The letter also addressed the election’s potential to affect future decisions. While they are concerned, the leaders said the county and towns will continue to value, embrace and advocate for immigrant and LGBT residents, work to address climate change, universal health care and common-sense gun laws, it states.
“We believe no one should feel unsafe in our community because of their gender, religion, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. We stand against bullying, harassment, and assault for any reason,” they said.
“As we move forward with this transition, we need to listen to each other and pay special attention to our values of inclusiveness and respect. While not perfect, this is the way democracy works in our country, and we believe this ultimately makes us a stronger nation. In the meanwhile, we all need to work hard and keep advocating for our very important community values.”