Brooklyn Assembly member apologizes for staffer's anti-Chinese social media post

Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus
Photo credit Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus
By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Brooklyn Assembly member Mathylde Frontus has apologized for a staffer who shared an anti-Chinese social media post.

Marilyn Franks, a receptionist for Frontus, shared a Facebook message in February urging citizens to avoid Chinese-owned businesses, according to The New York Post. The post claimed that "most of the owners" went to China for the Chinese New Year, and that they have brought back coronavirus.

"I apologize for the harm this caused," said Frontus in a statement. "This message violates the core values of my office, and this staffer has been warned and ordered to desist, and will complete additional cultural sensitivity training."

"Crisis can bring out latent fears and prejudices, but that is when it is most important for us to come together," she added. "Ignorance is no excuse for spreading hateful messages."

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