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Monday, February 1, 2021

Bigotry deserves to be canceled

 by Candace Avalos 

“I am running for County commissioner to stand up for you the people, your families and your businesses, and to work for a brighter future for all of us.”

These are some of the first few words you can read on Mark Shull’s campaign page for Clackamas County. But after it was uncovered recently that the newly elected commissioner has a documented history of disparaging Black and brown communities, some of us are wondering what he really meant when he said he’d work for “all” of us.

As the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and Black Americans who grew up in the Jim Crow South, watching leaders spew hateful rhetoric about marginalized communities is incredibly personal. I have spent the last year working with so many Portlanders who are pushing for government reform to benefit all our diverse communities. Yet, despite these good intentions, I, along with other community leaders for racial justice have been receiving hateful, racist letters threatening to murder us for daring to speak out and wanting better for our community. These anonymous threats, mailed to our homes, are directly connected to the continued inability to confront hate towards marginalized communities—especially when such hate comes from our leaders.

And add your voice to the thousands calling for Mark Shull to resign: