(Mountain View, Calif.) — At the April 21 meeting, members of the Mountain View City Council unanimously passed a resolution to denounce xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing incidents of discrimination, hate crimes and microaggressions against the Asian community of all ethnicities, Mountain View’s Councilmembers adopted the resolution to affirm the City’s commitment to the safety and well-being of Asian-Pacific Americans and in combating hate crimes targeting Asian-Pacific Americans.
“Mountain View has always been a community that embraces diversity, so it is important that we send a strong message that we stand with our Asian-Pacific Islander community and denouncing discrimination of any kind,” said Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. “Unfortunately, this uptick in racism targeted towards Asian Pacific Americans due to the pandemic is not an anomaly. It is rooted in a long history in this country of racism against Asian Pacific Americans starting from the earliest immigration of Asians to the United States. In fact, it was enshrined into law throughout history including immigration law such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Japanese American Internment during World War II. Therefore, it’s important that we send a strong message that Mountain View will not tolerate racism of any kind, and that we are a community for all.”
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