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Plainfield's Mayor Mapp: Charlottesville, A Powerful Reminder

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia serve as a powerful reminder of the destruction that bigotry, racism, and hostility towards diversity perpetuates. The divisive rhetoric coming from the current administration has only served to amplify and galvanize the voices of those who traffic in hate and racial discord. Now more than ever, it is crucial that, as a community, we strengthen our commitment to celebrating and embracing our diversity. 

We are blessed that people from all over the world are choosing to live and invest here. Our rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity truly make us stronger. Each of our communities contributes to the vibrancy of our city. From our award-winning performing arts students who are continuing the proud African American tradition of jazz, to the recent immigrants opening shops in our downtown, to our growing LGBTQ community, our city is a true representation of the value that multiculturalism delivers. 

I was so proud of the outpouring of support from our community in response to the tragic death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. You marched, you rallied, and you prayed. Nonetheless, we must remain steadfast and intentional in letting our differences unite us, rather than separate us. In Plainfield, our work to fight against bigotry and hatred does not end with a vigil or rallies. We are at a crossroads as a nation, and we must commit to a genuine and sustained effort to overcome the wrongs of the past and to fight discrimination in all of its current forms.

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Our city is in the midst of a renaissance that is only possible because of the contributions of all of our residents. Let us serve as a shining example of the power of inclusion and diversity.

Creating One Plainfield, One Future...


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Estimado Plainfield,

Los trágicos acontecimientos en Charlottesville, Virginia sirven como un poderoso recordatorio de la destrucción que es creada por la intolerancia, el racismo y la hostilidad hacia la diversidad. La retórica divisiva proveniente de la actual administración sólo ha servido para amplificar las voces de aquellos que promueven el odio y la discordia racial. Ahora más que nunca, es crucial que fortalezcamos nuestro compromiso de celebrar y abrazar nuestra diversidad como comunidad. 

Estamos bendecidos de que personas de todo el mundo están eligiendo vivir e invertir aquí. Nuestra rica diversidad racial, cultural, étnica y religiosa realmente nos hace más fuertes. Cada una de nuestras comunidades contribuye a la vitalidad de nuestra ciudad. De nuestros estudiantes de artes premiados que siguen la tradición afroamericana orgullosa del jazz, a los recientes inmigrantes abriendo tiendas en nuestro ciudad, a nuestra creciente comunidad LGBTQ, nuestra ciudad es una verdadera representación del multiculturalismo. 

Yo estaba tan orgullosa de la efusión de apoyo de nuestra comunidad en respuesta a la trágica muerte de Heather Heyer en Charlottesville. Nuestros residentes marcharon, se reunieron y oraron. Sin embargo, debemos seguir comprometidos en dejar que nuestras diferencias nos unan, en lugar de separarnos. En Plainfield, nuestro trabajo a la lucha contra el fanatismo y el odio no termina con una vigilia o rallies. Estamos en una encrucijada como nación, y debemos comprometernos a hacer un esfuerzo por superar los males del pasado, y luchar contra la discriminación en todas sus formas.

Nuestra ciudad está en medio de un renacimiento que sólo es posible debido a las contribuciones de todos nuestros residentes. Sirvamos como un ejemplo brillante del poder de la inclusión y la diversidad.

Creando Un Plainfield, Un Futuro 

Alcalde Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

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