Community groups unite after string of racial incidents post-election

Activists and community minority groups are rising up against a string of racist incidents, happening days following the presidential election.

"Last week a Muslim woman at the University of Michigan was approached by a white man, he told her 'Take off your hijab or I'll let you on fire,'"said Ryan Bates, Michigan United.

One man, South Asian, found a swastika on his door and the words "Trump: make America great again."

Then there was the video taken last week in the Royal Oak Middle School cafeteria, a group of students chanting "build the wall"  The mother of the Hispanic student who took the now viral video, say the students who started the chant, passed notes to the Hispanic students, letting them know what time the chanting would start.

"She sent me the text message with the video and crying emojis saying 'I'm scared,' said Alicia Ramon.

Michigan United, the UAW, access and others joined together Monday for the press conference.  More than a dozen civil rights and faith groups stood together at Central United Methodist church, vowing to work together against racism, and keep families safe for years to come.

Among those facing prejudice and tension, Michigan United estimates there are between 100,000-150,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan alone.

"The biggest thing I want for my community immediately is to let them know that they should not be scared," said Sergio Martinez of Michigan United. "If they are scared, we meet at churches so they can discuss their rights."

All these people share the common goal to stop the tension before there's more violence.

Ramon, at first, was scared for her daughter's safety, when she posted the video.

"She felt like she was maybe not doing the right thing," Ramon said. "She was afraid when she did it. But she knew she had to do that and she had to show people what was going on."

Michigan United and other groups plan on holding more events like this until the tension eases.
 


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