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Japanese American Citizens League – Honolulu Chapter Condemns Race Baiting from Djou Campaign
Honolulu – The Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) strongly objects to a statement made by Charles Djou’s congressional campaign in an advertisement published in the Star Advertiser on November 2, 2014, entitled ‘Charles Djou’s 30 Day Action Plan’ wherein he states that one action he would take is to “Meet with the Micronesian government to address the rising homeless population in Hawai’i.”
Mr. Djou’s proposed action infers an unfounded, blatantly prejudiced, and highly simplistic assumption that members of the Micronesian community are disproportionately responsible for, or are themselves homeless.
“At a time when resources and State and County leaders are addressing an issue [homelessness] that crosses ethnic boundaries, we are dismayed that Mr. Djou would single out an entire ethnic community for the cause of such a multi-faceted issue.”