Will Ho­gan stand up to hate?

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - Nienke Gross­man, Blanche Cotlear, El­iz­a­beth Hazel, Lau­rie Gross, Liz Klein Glass, Dean Hua, Sarah Lo­gan, Ju­lia Mar­garet Ni­chols, Amanda Leigh Burn­ham, Mag­gie Gior­dano, Lynn Tom­lin­son, Erin Bi­lyeun, Jess We­glein Gold­stein, Al­li­son Mor­ton Ad­dalia, Jill Gert

We are Maryland vot­ers from all over our state writ­ing to re­quest that Gov. Larry Ho­gan make a state­ment pub­licly and clearly con­demn­ing racial and re­li­gious ha­tred and ex­trem­ism in our state (“Frosh launches Maryland hate crime hot­line,” Nov. 17). These acts are inconsistent with our deeply held val­ues of equal­ity and re­spect for dif­fer­ence, val­ues that we seek to in­still in our chil­dren and that we seek to live by ev­ery day

Ac­cord­ing to re­cent press re­ports, swastikas have ap­peared on the walls of West­land Mid­dle School and Burn­ing Tree El­e­men­tary School. Some­one wrote “kill kill kill Blacks” on a wall at Sligo Creek El­e­men­tary School. A slur against African-Amer­i­cans ap­peared on a flier ad­ver­tis­ing a blood drive at Fall­ston High School in Har­ford County. An Epis­co­pal church that serves the Latino community was van­dal­ized with the words “whites only” and “Trump Na­tion” in Sil­ver Spring. A swastika with the mes­sage “white power” was painted on an I-83 exit ramp in Bal­ti­more. And the list, un­for­tu­nately, goes on.

We are proud of our elected of­fi­cials who have spo­ken out against these acts, like At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh and Trea­surer Nancy Kopp, and who are look­ing for ways to strengthen our state’s re­sponse to hate crimes and the teach­ing of re­spect for dif­fer­ence in our schools. We are also proud of in­com­ing Sen­a­tor Chris Van Hollen, Sen­a­tor Ben Cardin, and many other elected of­fi­cials who have spo­ken out against the ap­point­ment of Stephen Ban­non, who has been as­so­ci­ated with the alt-right and white ethno-na­tion­al­ism.

Many of us have called you in the last few days ask­ing for you to speak out and take ac­tion against the up­surge of ha­tred in our state, to speak out against the ap­point­ment of Mr. Ban­non and to stand up for Maryland val­ues. We have heard noth­ing in re­sponse.

We want you to make us proud, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan. Will you?

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