FIL-AM LEADERS CALL FOR PROBE ON RACIST LETTER

By Balitang America Staff

January 9, 2013

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NAFFAA) is asking state and local authorities to investigate hate mail against Filipinos in a community in Northern California.

A racially-targeted letter that was sent to a Filipina who lives in American Canyon, California has become a concern for the Filipino community.

The racist letter targeting Filipinos went viral on Monday, after Derek Valencia, an American Canyon resident, posted it on Facebook.

The anonymous letter claims to be from the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

It is addressed to Maria Aida Ignacio Brandes.

The letter begins with claims that Brandes has an expired cosmetology license and threatens to fine her for allegedly providing unlicensed salon services.

The letter then proceeds to target all Filipinos in the town, calling them filthy and unwanted.

Rodel Rodis, General Counsel of NAFFAA said the sender meant to pass off the letter as an official government letter, which is a crime in itself, and should be investigated by Napa County officials.

It also slams Brandes’ adult daughter for marrying Caucasians, and for having mixed-race children.

Rodis also added that upon investigation, he found that Brandes’ cosmetology license is neither expired nor does it have restrictions.

Rodis said the accusations of the letter sender against her are false, and were only meant to frighten, intimidate and cause her and her family mental anguish.

“The one who wrote this has a depraved mind and a hatred for Filipinos and this should be brought to the attention of the California State General and state officials dealing with hate speech,” said Rodis.

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