LOS ANGELES, Calif.— Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell, Supervisor to the Second District, released the following statement in response to a bomb threat at Charles Drew University, located in the Willowbrook community of the Second Supervisorial District:
“I am appalled at the bomb threat Charles Drew University (CDU) received that was motivated by racial prejudice and hatred. CDU is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in California. Like many HBCU’s, it was founded in response to systemic racism that denied Black Americans the ability to attend the same academic institutions as their White peers.
As one of the few medical schools on the West Coast with a substantial number of Black students, CDU continues to have an immeasurable impact in cultivating Black doctors from individuals across the globe in becoming medical leaders in our diverse community.
I want to thank the Sheriff Department and FBI for their diligent response in ensuring the CDU campus was safe. I stand with CDU for swiftly taking the necessary precautions to protect its students, faculty and the surrounding Willowbrook community. Acts of violence, even the threat of it, will not be tolerated at our schools or anywhere in our communities.”
LA County is committed to standing up against all forms of hate. To report or learn more, visit: 2-1-1 or www.lavshate.org/
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