Andrade comments on racist slurs used during town council meetings
Recently, on two separate occasions, local town council meetings have been interrupted with racist and homophobic slurs via Zoom. State Rep. Mike Andrade (D-Munster) issued the following statement regarding the incidents, which occurred during a Nov. 13 meeting of the Highland Town Council and a Nov. 20 meeting of the Munster Redevelopment Commission meeting:
“There is no room in our communities for hate. As a resident of Munster and representative of Munster and Highland, as well as a member of our local Hispanic community, I am appalled and disappointed by the spread of hate in our community meetings. These actions do not represent our community or the values we believe in.
“I fully support local police in their investigation of these incidents. We can never allow ourselves to be apathetic toward racism or any form of bigotry. Moving forward, I hope every resident of Munster, Highland and our surrounding communities feel supported, safe and welcome. As a representative, I will continue to work to ensure every Hoosier – regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation – feel safe in their communities.”