CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Voters in a North Carolina town are defending an Asian-American candidate for city council following criticism on social media targeting her background and campaign platform.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports Hongbin Gu was criticized on the Orange County Local Facebook group. One man posted that he found it “stunning” that “homegrown Americans” were facing opponents like Gu for political office in Chapel Hill. A woman criticized Gu for focusing on diversity in her campaign.

At least 14 people have responded, including one who said that, given the comments, people like Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright could not have been secretary of state.

The 49-year-old Gu, who has lived in the U.S. for 22 years, said when people have preconceived ideas, everything is colored by that, adding that it was “unfortunate.”


Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

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