SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement after the acts of terror in Christchurch, New Zealand, and ahead of the Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH solidarity gathering at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center today in Bloomington, MN.
“My heart is heavy for the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, and I stand in solidarity with my Muslim friends here in Minnesota and across the world. Violence and hate are unacceptable in any form. These deliberate acts of terror and xenophobia must be condemned in the strongest possible words.
“Our words matter. The way we treat people matters. When any members of our society use their words or actions to stereotype or demonize an entire community it breeds bigotry and hate that can cross continents. It’s long past time for us to focus on what unites us and stand up to those who create boundaries based on things like race, religion, economic status, or gender identity. I will not sit silently while bigotry continues to terrorize those who are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families.”