NEWS

My Statement Regarding Hate Speech

September 22, 2020

Dear Fremont community members,

I want to take this opportunity to denounce and oppose any and all hate speech, regardless of its origin. To those Fremont candidates who have come under personal attack from certain community members, I send my sincerest regrets. As soon as I was made aware of a derogatory tweet last evening, my team found the author and asked them to remove the post. Many of us are new to the realm of politics, and I am sad to see you be at the receiving end of rhetoric that is demeaning to your identity. This is unacceptable. In my time living in Fremont, I have come to know personally and professionally individuals with varying identities, and I truly value what each person brings to the community.

In the past few public forums and town hall meetings, I have stated my priorities very clearly - our focus should be around equity, student success, health and safety, and proper allotment of budgets to educate our students on how to be compassionate individuals. As a former MPPFA President, I have and continue to recognize each student's uniqueness encompassing their personal identity and aspirations. I am committed to supporting each one of them. This includes students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as pupils with special needs and English learners.

Where my fellow candidates and I are united is in our commitment to promote inclusivity. We must all remember that we are here for the purpose of educating our students. Hate is counterproductive to this mission, and I do not condone its use as a mechanism to win an election. I encourage my fellow candidates to do the same when support for their campaigns is enshrouded by hateful language.

As always, I welcome any and all feedback from community members, and I promise to uphold the integrity of the School Board as we work towards our central goal of promoting inclusivity and doing right by our students.

Regards,

Vivek Prasad