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Letter to the Editor: Racism Poisons Politics in Hercules

"All candidates for office need to pledge that racism has no place in this election and demand, of their supporters, that they do the same."

There is a disturbing trend on the  Patch . It seems that posters, under assumed names, feel free to spew vile racist remarks at our elected officials and their families. Racism is a cancer and we need to stamp it out wherever and whenever we encounter it, in our community, our schools and the workplace.

Hercules has always prided itself on its diversity. We are a community of many different cultures and races living in harmony together. Posts like the one from this weekend, which in part read: "Keep up the 3rd world Filipino politics and you will eventually be caught, prosecuted and deported! This is the LAW of the United States of America… Not the rule of land by Myrna and Manny MARCOS!"

This is over the line and racist we need to stand up as a community and stamp out this wildfire before it consumes us. I know that this political  season is filled with rancor and animosity on both sides but racism is a card that no one wins with.

I am glad that the Patch, as a policy, pulled this vile rant, but damage is still done to those that read the post and to those that were the subject of the post. I don't think for one minute that this racism is prevalent or pervasive in Hercules  but even a small cancer can spread. All candidates for office need to pledge that racism has no place in this election and demand, of their supporters, that they do the same.

Annie R. September 23, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Bitterness? Hardly, you pathetic old fool.
Glenn Abraham September 23, 2012 at 07:30 AM
...and sweetness. The pathetic old fool forgot to mention how sweet you are, Cheryl.
Gary Hawkins September 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I so Agree with you as I mentioned earlier in my comment. The original content of this letter is about Racism it's totally degraded to high school BS. Respectfully, Gary M. Hawkins
Lyn September 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I agree!!! Let's work on getting our school's API scores up with Albany, Danville, and San Ramon!!!
Lyn September 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Gosh Angela! You said it ALL. I check in with the patch every now and then ever since the whole recall thing "blew up". Now I'm reading ALL of this and I'm more confused then ever before. I promoted one person during the recall and now I "read" I made the "wrong" choice? What happened? I thought the "regulars" were all on the same team, now it "reads" like a civil war? When can we meet and hear ALL the candidates together? Is there a debate scheduled? I need to go and hear for myself. As for "racism"? Didn't we or our families immigrant here from somewhere else? Unless of course, your an American Indian...

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