Speak up, Gov. Ho­gan

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Kelly Cahill, Ber­wyn Heights

Never be­fore in my life have I been ashamed to be a Mary­lan­der. But the si­lence of our state’s ex­ec­u­tive in the light of racist in­ci­dents in our re­gion fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Don­ald J. Trump to the pres­i­dency has changed that (“Mary­land trea­surer asks Larry Ho­gan to con­tinue ‘open op­po­si­tion’ to Don­ald Trump,” Nov. 16).

Gov. Larry Ho­gan has not is­sued a sin­gle pub­lic state­ment con­demn­ing the up­surge of racist graf­fiti and acts fol­low­ing our pres­i­dent-elect’s hate- and fear-mon­ger­ing cam­paign. Other state of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh (who cre­ated a hot­line for re­port­ing acts of in­tol­er­ance) and Trea­surer Nancy Kopp have been left to de­nounce racism.

Thank­fully, Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen.elect Chris Van Hollen have also raised their voices on be­half of Mary­lan­ders and have con­demned the pres­i­dent-elect’s ap­point­ment of Steve Ban­non, the face of racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, Is­lam­o­pho­bia and misog­yny in our coun­try, to his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The peo­ple of Mary­land de­serve to hear from Gov­er­nor Ho­gan at this crit­i­cal time. He should vo­cally, pub­licly con­demn in­tol­er­ance and those would seek to cod­ify it.

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