WASHINGTON—ASPIRE PAC released the following statement condemning the racist "Make Edison Great Again" mailer in Edison, New Jersey. The mailer stated that "the Chinese and Indians are taking over our town," and calls for the deportation of Chinese and Indian American candidates running for Edison's school board.
"One of our country's greatest strengths is its vast diversity, and this hateful rhetoric has no place in our democracy and runs contrary to everything the Garden State stands for," said Grace Meng, Chair of ASPIRE PAC. "More than one in five New Jersey residents is an immigrant, and nearly half of Edison, New Jersey's residents are Asian. These include hard working business owners, taxpayers, teachers, mothers, children and neighbors who love their communities. This racist mailer is shameful and disgusting and was produced for no other intention than to empower divisive forces of bigotry and hate."
"I am utterly disgusted by the hateful and xenophobic rhetoric used in a recent mailer to target Asian American school board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel. The Asian American community in Edison, New Jersey comprises nearly half of the township's population, and it is disturbing to see divisive forces at work that seek to fuel racial tension for cheap political gains," said Judy Chu, Immediate Past Chair of ASPIRE PAC. "This sort of bigotry is reprehensible and has no place in America. We cannot become immune to this rising tide of hate, and I encourage officials to investigate the source behind these offensive mailers. Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a country to denounce hate and racism in all forms."