Racism in our Castro Valley community showed itself recently with graffiti targeting African-American students scrawled on the high school campus.
The N-Word graffiti is among multiple racist incidents that have been reported in our community including the bullying of an African-American elementary school student and the flying a Nazi swastika flag over a local residence.
Despite these unfortunate incidents – this is not who we are nor who we aspire to be.
As you know, Castro Valley, is an unincorporated community with strong agricultural roots that has grown into a diverse and inclusive community where we enjoy a one-screen movie theater, celebrate Pride together and take time to meet and learn about our Sikh neighbors. Prejudice and xenophobia have no place in our diverse, holistic community.
Let’s work together to continue building positive race relations. We need to model and promote the core community values of compassion, understanding and justice to ensure that all people are treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
I am proud to represent Castro Valley on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and I will continue the work to ensure that our community is safe for everyone.
In partnership with the Castro Valley Unified School District, Castro Valley Matters and other organizations, I look forward to supporting community dialogues to address the issue of racism in our community, especially race-related incidents that have surfaced in Castro Valley.
We need to create a safe and inclusive space to embrace people of different perspectives, backgrounds and cultures that promote racial and community healing. Diversity is among our community’s greatest strength and essential to building a Castro Valley that is socially and economically strong now and for generations to come.
Nate Miley serves as Supervisor for District 4 on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. District 4 includes Castro Valley.