For Immediate Release
September 6, 2016

In Their Own Words:
Boy Scouts and Baseball Edition

New York – The chorus of voices standing up to declare that Donald Trump and his campaign of racism, bigotry and divisiveness are Not Who We Are keeps growing.  Today, we can add Boy Scouts and baseball legend David Ortiz to the list: 

 “‘When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face,’ Ortiz said of Latinos in general. ‘I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. … As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work. Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.’” 
---Comments by Boston Red Sox slugger, as quoted in David Ortiz in USA Today , Deadspin , and the Huffington Post , 9/6/16

“As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, I invite all members, especially Eagle Scouts, to stand together against the racial and religious intolerance that Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric promotes. It is putting our Latino, Muslim-American, the disabled, and other community members directly at risk.There is no place for this kind of discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America or in America. The Boy Scouts of America help shape young men into leaders of tomorrow. The behavior and attitudes of Mr. Trump are not to be emulated, but out right rejected. Our boys need to have a positive model, something which Mr. Trump certainly is NOT.”
--- Nick DeWitt, creator of the Donald J Trump is the Antithesis of the Spirit of Scouting and America Open Letter

 “Not Who We Are” is a movement of people from across the United States who are speaking their conscience by starting open letters as employees, professionals, students, and members of civic institutions to say that Donald Trump’s racially intolerant rhetoric and policies are “Not Who We Are.” The campaign features, an innovative online platform that allows Americans who are disgusted by Trump’s attacks to sign an open letter or create a more targeted one of their own.  

To learn more about Not Who We Are, follow us on twitter at @NotWhoWeAre or visit

For more information, contact Damien LaVera – 202-276-2029,