Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell released the following statement in light of last week’s Presidential Election results.
“Following last week’s Presidential Election and the divisive and unprecedented tone of the campaigning that preceded it, many members of our community woke up on Wednesday feeling anxious and worried.
This election will change our President, but it will not change our values. Kalamazoo is a diverse and welcoming place, one of the many aspects of this community of which I am extremely proud. We celebrate, value, and respect our differences and no one individual will change that.
I have been saddened to hear reports of increases in hate crimes and intimidation following the election. Bigotry and hate will not be tolerated in our community. I urge everyone to remain diligent and report any instances of intimidation or potential harm to Kalamazoo Public Safety. For those feeling afraid, there are resources available in our community and the region. Know there are caring people available to help in both your neighbors and support services in the area.
We must continue to stand by one another, stand up for what is right, and remain engaged. Presidential elections are held every four years, but there are always opportunities to get involved and move our community and nation in a positive direction. The City Commission and I will continue this work and I hope you will join us.”