Local minority leaders react to election results

Minority leaders react to election

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - There is concern in West Michigan's Latino and African-American Communities. Many are worried about what will happen when Donald Trump becomes president.

Darel Ross has spent years finding solutions for West Michigan's African American community, but tonight he is struggling.

"I have Latino friends whose kids are waking up asking if they are going to be deported, Muslim friends who are scared to go to the Mosque, how do you answer these questions?" asks Rodd. "The country is divided and quite frankly it is divided racially. We really have to figure out how to answer these questions."

Omar Cuevas is an active member of West Michigan's Hispanic community, but now he's not sure what to say to his children.

"Mr. Trump has made bigotry and racism cool, he's made it something mainstream that maybe before was in the closet about the way people feel about other groups, he's made it ok to show your hatred for other races," says Cuevas.

They both agree that minority communities need to be more active and organized.

"We have the responsibility and the right to vote but beyond that it's much more, it's between elections that's when we need to make sure we are engaged in the community," says Cuevas.

"This shows the importance of why communities have to be engaged, this shows the importance of why you have to get out and vote, this is inexcusable, it's inexcusable for a country as great as ours with the history that we have and the future that we have to rally around fear and separatism instead of hope," says Ross.

Ross's organization LINC will be holding a public forum Thursday, Nov. 10, in Grand Rapids to discuss the election.

It will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at 1167 Madison Avenue SE.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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