The Arlington County Board condemns the senseless March 16 attacks on three North Georgia spas, in which eight people, six of them Asian women, were murdered by a lone gunman.
These murders, coming against a backdrop of an alarming increase in attacks on Asian Americans and persons of Asian descent across our nation, are horrifying and heartbreaking.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this latest mass shooting, and to their families, who have suffered losses beyond measure.
But we must do more than express our sorrow. We must actively fight racism, violence against women, and gun violence in our country.
We must stand with the Asian-American community across the nation, who have experienced an upsurge in attacks during the pandemic.
And we also must stand with Arlington’s Asian American and Asian families, communities, and individuals and make sure they know that we see them, value them, and stand together with them.
Arlington County will not tolerate the targeting of Asian-Americans, persons of Asian descent, or any other group because of their race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We will be a welcoming community where our government’s policies and practices, police, and Courts reflect our commitment to fighting racism and caring for each other.
As one of our neighbors said in an email to us yesterday:
“One of the things that makes Arlington such a special place to live is its embrace of and support for diversity. All of us need to work hard to protect every citizen in our county, to make them feel welcome, and safe.”
We agree completely and are committed to that work, the work of actively striving to be anti-racist.