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Hillsborough County takes stand against racism after hateful messages directed at Commissioner Les Miller Jr.

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 23:36:54-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- Hillsborough County is taking a stance against racism after reports of anonymous hate messages targeting one of the county's leaders.

The county posted on social media on Thursday night saying, "a series of vile and hateful, anonymous messages" have been directed toward the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and specifically to Commissioner Les Miller Jr., who is Black.

Hillsborough County says those responsible for posting these hateful and racist messages are hiding "behind the anonymity of the Internet and social media.

The county said on social media that it stands together with Miller and the county's black community.

"Our diversity is powerful not only in delivering County services, but as a shining example for others in our community. Our commitment to equality continues to be our path forward," the county said in a social media post.

Commissioner Miller was elected to represent District 3 in 2010, according to the county's website. Miller previously served as a member of the Florida Senate from 2000 to 2006 and was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000.