Chapel Hill residents have taken to social media to defend an Asian-American candidate for Chapel Hill Town Council after a Facebook post questioned her background.

The Herald-Sun of Durham was first to report Hongbin Gu was criticized on the Orange County Local Facebook group. One man posted that he found it “stunning” that “homegrown Americans” were facing opponents like Gu for political office in Chapel Hill. A woman criticized Gu for focusing on diversity in her campaign.

More than a dozen individuals responded to the post, including one who said that, given the comments, people like Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright could not have been secretary of state.

The 49-year-old Gu, who has lived in the U.S. for 22 years, said when people have preconceived ideas, everything is colored by that, adding that it was “unfortunate.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

Photo via Hongbin Gu campaign website