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Statement on Behalf of Tompkins County Legislature Denouncing Racialized Violence Against Asian Americans

Thursday, March 18, 2021

PDF Of Statement Translated into Simplified Chinese | 汤普⾦斯县⽴法机构声明:谴责针对亚裔美国⼈的种族暴⼒

The Tompkins County Legislature strongly condemns the recent killings of people of Asian descent in Atlanta, GA, and the persistent racialized violence and discrimination that Asian and Asian American people face in our Country and communities.

These despicable and violent acts committed against Asian Communities are part of a pattern that we must all denounce and actively address. We have seen violent and discriminatory acts against Asian and Asian American members of our communities throughout this pandemic, in many cases stoked by unfounded anti-Asian rhetoric. Hate, prejudice, and violence against people of other races and backgrounds have no place in our society – people are not a virus nor a fetish – we must treat one another with dignity and respect.

Amidst the pain that we feel in response to these tragedies it is our hope that we can strive to be a welcoming community of shared understanding, and one that has hard conversations that lead to action. These tragedies and the responses to them by lawmakers are not happening because someone is having a “bad day.” They are rooted in systemic oppression and we need to address them through the lens of systemic change and anti-racist actions.

Our County has resources available, including our Office of Human Rights and an Employee Assistance Program available for County Employees. The Tompkins County Legislature encourages all members of the community to seek support in times of crisis or need, and to report acts of discrimination and violence.

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature

汤普⾦斯县⽴法机构声明:谴责针对亚裔美国⼈的种族暴⼒

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安晓红,
Xiaohong An
 
汤普⾦斯县⽴法机构强烈谴责佐治亚州亚特兰⼤最近发⽣的亚裔被杀事件,以及亚洲⼈和亚裔美国⼈在我们的国家和社区⾯临的持续的种族暴⼒和歧视。
 
我们必须谴责和⼤⼒声讨此类针对亚裔群体的卑劣和暴⼒⾏径。在新冠肺炎流⾏期间,我们看到针对亚洲⼈和亚裔美国⼈的暴⼒和歧视⾏为,⽽且毫⽆根据的反亚洲⾔论往往助⻓了此类⾏为。⼈不是病毒,也不是邪瘟!我们绝不容许针对不同种族和背景的⼈们的仇恨、偏⻅和暴⼒,我们必须基于尊严和尊重对待彼此。
 
我们对发⽣的悲剧感到⽆⽐痛⼼,也希望通过我们的努⼒建成⼀个互敬互爱的友好社会,⼀个可以通过对话谈判解决争端的⽂明社会。上述悲剧的发⽣以及⽴法者的回应并不仅仅因为有⼈度过了“糟糕的⼀天”,⽽是植根于多重压迫,唯有通过全⾯变⾰和反种族主义⾏动⽅可解决。
 
我县可⽤资源包括⼈权办公室和⼀个县雇员援助计划。汤普⾦斯县⽴法机构⿎励我们所有居⺠在危急时刻或需要帮助时寻求⽀持,并对歧视和暴⼒⾏为及时报案。