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Racist hate mail targets Filipino-Americans

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Somewhere among the quiet cul-de-sacs of American Canyon lies an ugly secret.

The answer to who sent hateful, phony letters to Filipino-Americans could be lurking somewhere in the secluded North Bay community. And that has police interested in the motive of the sender.

Filipino-American residents reported receiving the anonymous letter purporting to be from the California Board of Cosmetology. The letter begins by referencing a bogus expired license, then launches into hate speech targeting Filipinos and mixed couples:

“We are attempting to have our community a law abiding one (sic), without having yet another gang of Filipino scum such as yourself and married daughters who have attempted to assimilate into this once clean non-Filipino dominated area…”

The letter continues:

“… your female offspring who have aligned themselves with CAUCASION (sic) husbands to assure their half-breed children have “straight noses in order to be accepted in non-Filipino society.”

The letter, signed “Concerned American Canyon Neighbors,” stirred community members and leaders to march Wednesday afternoon in support of those targeted.

American Canyon City Manager told KGO-TV the “shocking” and “appalling” letter did not reflect the values of the greater American Canyon community:

“We have always valued our Filipino, as well as all the races here, and it’s just not part of this community’s core values.”

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

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