This article originally appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/31/19.
Xenophobia and hatred of immigrants isn’t new. Hatred based on skin color has a long and deadly history in America. Hatred cloaked in patriotism becomes particularly poisonous when political leaders spew, condone, or simply ignore racist ideology.
We are proud of America’s racial diversity. It is what makes this country truly great. We will not silently watch prominent Americans escalate hatred and prejudice. We, as a nation, are better than that.
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We will continue to speak up and support nonprofits serving all people and protecting everyone’s human rights. Because we believe in an America made stronger by a more diverse leadership, an America that embraces a future for all families in an equitable, multiracial democracy.
We stand united against hate.
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