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Thursday, October 22, 2020

波市議員Ed Flynn發聲明 譴責波市學校委員會主席Loconto歧視亞裔

It is extremely disappointing to learn that Mr. Loconto mocked the names of Asian parents in last night’s meeting. This process has unfortunately highlighted several times that the needs of our Asian and immigrant community are not a priority or respected. 

I was informed that translation materials were in development late last week, with only days for parents to review before this important vote. Second, at the School Committee meeting, translation services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and other languages were not provided until the comment period. These actions left many feeling disrespected. Lastly, parents who had the right to testify were confronted with racist comments. 

It is unconscionable for someone in a position of public trust to make derogatory and culturally insensitive remarks about the Asian community, let alone any race or ethnic background. He must step down, and our city must make language access and cultural competency a priority for all our communities. 

我對波士頓校委會主席洛康托先生 (Mr. Loconto) 昨晚在學校會議上嘲笑亞裔家長的名字感到極 為失望。這個過程再一次顯出我們亞裔和移民社區的需求並沒得到公平的考慮和尊重。 

我得知有關調整波士頓公立考試學校入學建議書的翻譯材料於上週遲遲沒有準備好,未能給予 家長充足時間在投票決議前作出詳細考慮。其次,直到諮詢期,校委會並沒有在其他會議上提 供任何粵語、國語或其他語言翻譯。 這些舉動令很多移民家長感到不受尊重。 最後,在學校會 議內作證的父母再竟然受到洛康托先生附種族歧視性的對待。 

任何附有公信力的人都不應該以貶義的言論對待任何種族背景的人士,包括亞裔社區在內。 洛康托先生必須辭職,而波士頓市必須把語言服務和文化理解成為我們各社區的優先事項。 

波士頓市議會 

愛德華費連 

第二區市議員 

20201022

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