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“I think people saying ‘hey, that’s not good behavior and you need to back off’ would have been really supportive,” she said.

“That doesn’t take a whole lot, but it depends on the degree or severity of the verbal attack.

Tanouye’s wife Suzie Endow is a Lodi native, a Breakthrough Project member and also of Japanese descent.

Breakthrough Project president Nancy Martinez said it seems that many people of color, experience small, not-so-blatant instances of racism on a daily basis that builds up tension and fear in their communities.

“I think a lot of people don’t think they’re racist because they don’t do something blatant, and they don’t quite understand that the things triggering these ‘micro-incidents’ are built into the system.”

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