After Trump’s election, Orange County leaders seek to reassure residents

Donald Trump early Wednesday morning speaking to supporters in New York. CBS News image.
Donald Trump early Wednesday morning speaking to supporters in New York. CBS News image.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Elected leaders have issued an open letter to Orange County residents in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, promising to hold true to their progressive values and saying the area won’t tolerate the harassment of minorities.

The letter, which is signed by the mayors of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, as well as the chairman of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, urges residents to call 911 immediately if anyone calls them a racial, religious or homophobic slur.

“This type of harassment has no place in our county or our towns and will not be tolerated,” the letter states.

There have been reports of county residents being called slurs already, the leaders wrote.

The letter, which bears the seals of all of the local governments involves, lists the values their governments stand for. Those values include: equality for LGBT residents, embracing immigrants, recognizing climate change as scientific fact, universally available health care and the idea that gun control laws need to be “viewed and considered in a common-sense fashion.”

The letter continues:

As we move forward with this transition, we need to listen to each other and pay special attention to our values of inclusiveness and respect. While not perfect, this is the way democracy works in our country, and we believe this ultimately makes us a stronger nation. In the meanwhile, we all need to work hard and keep advocating for our very important community values.

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