Gov. Brown calls on Oregonians to unite against hate

"We are at our best when we are focused on what we share in common"

Gov. Kate Brown released a video calling for state residents to unite against hate, November 14, 2016. (YouTube)
Gov. Kate Brown released a video calling for state residents to unite against hate, November 14, 2016. (YouTube)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released a statement calling for state residents to unite against hate, saying she will uphold laws that protect Oregonian’s human and civil rights.

Brown said in a video Monday evening that she’s heard and understands feelings of uncertainty expressed by people “in light of recent events.”

She says she refuses to let hate and discrimination divide the state and its people.

Brown said in the video, “We are at our best when we are focused on what we share in common, rather than what divides us.”

She also calls for Oregonians to join her to work together to build equitable communities.

Brown’s words come after days of protests in Portland and around the state against the election of Donald Trump to the White House. Since then, reports of racist incidents are emerging from the nation’s schools and universities.