Clackamas college, school board members condemn Mark Shull
The chorus calling for Clackamas County Comissioner Mark Shull's resignation has grown a little louder.
Oregon's School Board Members of Color Caucus, a working group within the Oregon School Boards Association, cited the "volume and breadth" of Shull's comments as a reason for the sexagenarian to give up his position of power, which pays an annual salary of roughly $104,000.
"His deeply hateful and hostile rhetoric cast dangerous bigotry and intolerance on many historically and presently marginalized groups, including Muslims, immigrants and trans individuals," said Sami Al-AbdRabbuh, caucus president and Corvallis School Board chair, on Jan. 22. "We have lost any trust in his ability to serve the county equitably and justly."
The embattled government official has been marooned on an isle of controversy since Pamplin Media Group first reported on his social media remarks, which include a 2019 post calling for Muslims to face "extermination outside the lands of Islam." Shull said in the post he had held this belief since 1985.
Other posts from 2019 referred to Muslim immigrants as "invaders" and "savages," and another deployed an antiquated spelling of the word Muslim, which Shull described as an "offensive term used on purpose."
While not going so far as to demand his resignation, the Clackamas Community College Board of Education called out Shull by name, suggesting his comments were antithetical to the institution's values.
"As an open-access institution of higher education, Clackamas Community College's door is open to everyone. All are welcome at CCC. It is not only our belief, but it is our policy to prohibit discrimination of any kind," the seven member board said in a statement. "We will not compromise on these overarching values."
The list of city-level officials in Clackamas County who have said they "cannot work with a county commissioner ... who puts our residents and communities at risk" also has expanded.
New signatories of the letter include Wilsonville Mayor Julie Fitzgerald and Councilors Charlotte Lehann, Dr. Joann Linville and Kristen Akervall, Lake Oswego City Councilor John Wendland (all other members had previously signed), as well as Tualatin Councilors Christen Sacco, Valerie Pratt and Bridget Brooks. Canby Councilor Chris Bangs has joined two other signers from that city.
The School Board Members of Color Caucus includes Helen Ying and Jessica Arzate of Multnomah Educational Services District, Parkrose School District's Sonja McKenzie, Erika Lopez of the Hillsboro School District, Michelle DePass of Portland Public Schools, Narce Rodriguez of Forest Grove's school district and North Clackamas School Board member Kathy Wai.
The members of CCC's board of education are Chair Greg Chaimov representing Milwaukie; Rob Wheeler, representing Happy Valley; Dave Hunt, representing Gladstone; Chris Groener, representing Oregon City and West Linn; Aaron Woods, representing West Linn and Wilsonville; Jane Reid, representing Estacada and Colton; and Irene Konev, representing Canby and Molalla.
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