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Steve Callaway has gone viral for tweeting about encounter with a man using the slur 'HillsBurrito'

FILE PHOTO - Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway updates attendees of the Westside Economic Alliance.Hillsboro mayor Steve Callaway is proud of the "strength and richness" that comes from living in one of the state's most ethnically-diverse cities.

And he's not shy about sharing his beliefs, either.

In a recent post on social media, the mayor of Oregon's fifth-largest city described an "offensive" and "racist" conversation with a fellow bus rider while commuting back from a Hillsboro Hops baseball game in Eugene.

Callaway's seatmate apparently thought it would be appropriate to refer to the city as "HillsBurrito." For context, almost a quarter of Hillsboro's population is Hispanic or Latino.

The man reportedly told the mayor he knew the term was racist, and apologized for offending him.

That's when Callaway revealed he is the mayor, a position he's held since an election in late 2016.

"I told him it wasn't about me being offended but was about him being offensive," Callaway wrote. "I agreed what he said sounded racist to me too."

Hillsboro is one of Oregon's most diverse cities, something Callaway said he was proud of.

"Our languages may sound different but we all speak a language of acceptance and love," he continued.. "Our places of worship may look and sound different but our faith traditions focus on acceptance and love,"

Callaway said the man lived in the Portland area. He said he planned to invite the man to Hillsboro to "experience what makes us special," he wrote.

As of this writing, Callaway is sticking to his usual topics on social media — tweeting about his love of the town's minor league baseball team to his 1,200 or so followers.

A retired principal in the Hillsboro School District, Callaway joined the City Council in 2010. He and his wife Joan have two children.

"Collectively you provide me with the most amazing place I get to call home," he said.















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