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Lewis Condemns Discrimination, Calls for Community to Unite
8/23/2017
HARRISBURG – Following yesterday’s discovery of racial slurs and Nazi symbols vandalizing cars and buildings in the city of Coatesville and Valley Township, Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester) released this statement about the hate-based graffiti:

“I recall a time in my life when African-Americans and other minorities couldn’t respond to hatred. Fear silenced our emotions, and the consequences were beyond belief. I recall a time when my friends and I couldn’t dine at a restaurant simply because we were minorities. We retaliated by refusing to leave. While being chased out of that restaurant, we were shot at by white supremacists. There was no other explanation other than it was hate. This was a few decades ago, and it could have happened to anybody.

Our community can do better; this isn’t the real Coatesville. This isn’t the home filled with all of the wonderful students and athletes who I’ve loved and respected. Our home takes pride in our racial differences, and our home stands tall for equality. Look at your neighbors. We are all different and we must accept and embrace one another. Our home can do better.

It breaks my heart that we still have to fight for equality and against hatred. As the first African-American legislator in Chester County, I won’t stop. Our community has come too far to stop fighting. We’ve broken too many barriers. To the criminals who vandalized private property and thought they can set our community back, we won’t tolerate the hatred.

We are a community of diversity. We are black, white, Hispanic, Democrat, Republican, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, gay, straight. We’re white, gray and blue collar. The hate of those who cannot respect their neighbors has no place in our community. Racial slurs won’t change us, and Nazi symbols won’t scare us.

We’ve come too far to be set back. We’re moving forward with purpose and most importantly, we’re moving forward together as a united community of all races, religions and differences.

We’re proud of who we are.”

Representative Harry Lewis
74th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Alison Evans
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