PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau took to the airwaves to help dispel myths about Ebola and West African immigrants, many of whom are facing increased instances of discrimination based on their national origin since the deadly outbreak began capturing global attention. Acting against someone because of his or her national origin violates the city’s civil rights laws, codified as the Fair Practices Ordinance.
Local and regional anecdotal reports about harassment of people from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Liberia — Philadelphia has one of the highest Liberian-American populations in the United States — prompted Landau to issue a simple message: Caution, not discrimination. She also urged people to report instances of discrimination or harassment to the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations so they can be investigated.
Click here to watch her interview on FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia with anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley.