FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2017
Contact: Michael Cox (503) 823-6593
Statement from Mayor Ted Wheeler on Recent Hate Incidents
PORTLAND, OR – Mayor Ted Wheeler issued the following statement on recent hate incidents in Portland:
“Our city, just two weeks removed from a national tragedy, has experienced a number of incidents this week clearly motivated by hate. Threats to the Good in the Hood festival in the heart of Albina, targeting communities of color, particularly black Portlanders. Reports today of racist language directed at a middle school child.
“This is unconscionable.
“The troubling fact is that these incidents are part of an historic and troubling pattern in Portland and across our state. In the days following last year’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted more hate incidents in Oregon than other state in America.
“We are in communication with local school districts, the Governor’s office, and are actively working with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We are doing all we can to investigate these recent incidents and protect our residents who are living under threat. If you have any information that could assist investigators, please contact the Portland Police Bureau.
“These times can be terrifying… I’ve spoken to many people who are scared. We have a tremendous opportunity to come together to ensure that everyone is welcome in our city, and we all live in safety and with dignity.
“Please, let’s continue to stand up for one another.”