Offended by Slauson’s ‘birther’ request


I feel disgusted that I am compelled to even address the issue of Assm. Rob Bonta’s citizenship (“Prove U.S. citizenship,” June 28). Bonta’s father Warren was born in the United States, not in the Philippines as Stephen Slauson claimed. Slauson has presented a lie to the residents of Alameda and he ought to publicly correct his statement.

Shining a light on and calling out hate, bigotry, intolerance and xenophobia is what Bonta tried to do. It is how we take a stand for our values and hopefully it makes us stronger. Bonta has been asked to prove that he is a citizen of this country. Vice Mayor Malia Vella has been asked to prove her residency in Alameda, former President Barack Obama was asked to prove he is a citizen of this country.

Bonta, Vella and Obama are persons of color. Other Caucasian councilmembers have not been asked to prove anything. It is hard not to think “bigotry,” especially given how President Donald Trump has fostered hatred, bigotry and misogyny. 

Some letter writers in the July 12 and 19 editions of the Sun complained that Bonta tried to label everyone working to oust the Vice Mayor as racist. The person who was intimately involved in the recall petition, Slauson, is the man who seemed to bring “birtherism” to Alameda. It does not seem like a big leap that Bonta, or any other Alamedan, would associate petition signers with “birthers.” 

I would like to ask Emily Shea, (“Upset over letter to Assemblyman,” July 19) why should Bonta show citizenship papers? Are you going to ask Slauson to show his?


Karen Green