As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I am particularly sensitive to reports of xenophobia, intolerance and anti-Semitism. As a mom and a citizen, I will continue to act and speak out strongly against those who propagate it. As an elected official from one of the most diverse districts in the country, it’s my goal to lead us away from such divisiveness and hate and build up communities through tolerance and compassion.
In my work as a state legislator, I have focused on policies and investments to help end hate, bigotry and prejudice. The State of Washington has been investing in creating a more tolerant, inclusive society in part through education and awareness. Just last year, I was proud to help secure seed funding for the endowed Jaffe Professorship in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Western Washington University and capital budget funding for the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
The recent announcement by President-elect Trump to name Steve Bannon as his White House strategic advisor is extremely troubling. Our incoming new leadership risks further damage to our divided nation by elevating individuals so closely linked to anti-Semitism, racism and sexism.
The embrace of individuals who espouse the so-called ‘alt-right’ ideology and demean minorities, immigrants and women furthers hateful rhetoric. Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout history, and up to the present day, it also leads to hateful actions.
In addition, I am outraged by the suggestion of a Trump campaign advisor that we develop a registry of Muslims in our country and I strongly oppose it. His use of the Japanese Internment, a dishonorable stain on America’s history, to justify it is beyond incredulous.
The divisive appointments we’re already seeing from our incoming national leaders are disappointing and I encourage them to reject hate and bigotry as well as those who espouse it. I will work to maintain Washington State's proud tradition of embracing pluralism and diversity and extending a welcoming and open society to all.