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Gov. Wolf addresses recent racial incidents in state

Gov. Tom Wolf addressed recent acts of discrimination in public places that have taken place in the Commonwealth, including an incident at Penn State. (AP photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf addressed recent acts of discrimination in public places that have taken place in the Commonwealth, including an incident at Penn State.

"We have shared public concerns over recent incidents in Pennsylvania, including the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, the treatment of five black female golf club members at the Grandview Golf Course in Dover, York County, and racial slurs being shouted at a black student by a Penn State student. These types of incidents have no place in Pennsylvania," said Wolf.

He said the state has strengthened anti-discrimination policies for state employees, visitors to state buildings and all contractors, but he wants to ensure no racial discrimination takes place in places of public accommodation.

"We urge business managers and owners to reflect upon the treatment of individuals who seek to patronize your businesses. Businesses are considered places of public accommodations and are subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA)," said the governor.

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