By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CAMDEN, N.J. — In response to attacks on spas in the metropolitan Atlanta area on Tuesday evening that left six Asian women and two others dead, Camden County officials are voicing their support of the Asian community.
“In light of the tragic attacks in Atlanta, Georgia, the Camden County Board of Commissioners is expressing its unwavering support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.” the Board said in a collective statement.
“While the specific motivations of the suspect in [Tuesday’s] events are still unknown, these attacks are yet another in an unnervingly long line of recent incidents of anti-Asian violence and bigotry.” the Board continued.
According to reports, officials are still investigating what may have motivated the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, who has been charged with eight counts of murder.
According to a recent report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent in 2020. Some experts believe that because the coronavirus originated in China along with the use of the nomenclature “China virus” added to cultivating hate against the Asian community, according to an NBC News report.
“No one should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome because of their race, ethnicity, or nationality in our community,” the Board stated. “The evil of racism has no place in our society and should be condemned outright.”
The Board said that they are committed to the safety and comfort of the Asian community.
“We stand in solidarity with every Asian resident in the county, state and nation to underscore our uncompromising commitment for everyone to live in a safe and welcoming neighborhood,” the Board added. “Hate continues to have no home in Camden County for our diverse and inclusive community and we will continue to face racism, bigotry and xenophobia head on wherever it rears its ugly head.”
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