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County Commissioners statement condemning violence against Asian American Pacific Islander communities4/7/2021

April 7, 2021


Kitsap County Board of Commissioners statement condemning violence against Asian American Pacific Islander communities: 


The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is deeply saddened by the recent violence perpetrated against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. From the massacre in Atlanta at Asian American-owned and populated businesses, to the physical attacks on elders in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City and unfortunately, many more, including recent racially motivated incidents in Kitsap County. It is disheartening we write a statement of solidarity for the AAPI community just nine months after our similar letter to the editor, issued in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

These attacks emerged in the wake of statements attempting to falsely ascribe blame to AAPI people for the spread of COVID-19 and we unequivocally stand alongside our AAPI neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family during this time. We also call on county residents to condemn this violence and accompanying harassment that puts our AAPI communities at risk.

We must not only stand by the APPI community today but commit to the long-term work of building an inclusive multiracial community where marginalized communities thrive and are valued as an essential part of the diverse fabric of America.

 

Commissioner Robert Gelder, Chair

Commissioner Edward E. Wolfe

Commissioner Charlotte Garrido


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