The following statement was posted by Howard County Council Member Liz Walsh on March 9th:
I condemn racism, bigotry, xenophobia, hate in all their forms. I condemn setting fire to your neighbor’s house. I condemn excessively strip-searching civil immigration detainees held for profit at a County facility.
I condemn the bullying, the viciousness, the intolerance I see so many of our community engaged in—seemingly constantly—on line.
I condemn the always condemning.
As to the public hearing held by the Council’s Racial Equity Task Force last Thursday—and particularly in light of anti-Asian sentiment, and worse, inflamed by this country’s own former President—I wish that some of what was said then and how it was handled went differently than it did. I am sorry that evening’s events caused pain to anyone then and since, particularly our Chinese, Korean and Latinx neighbors.
I wish we didn’t hear horrible things in public hearings, all the time. I wish more that people didn’t think those horrible things and sometimes even act on them. I wish we all had perfect grace all the time, and perfect processes to act gracefully in. I wish all our kids and all their grandparents felt respected, safe and loved all the time.
To even begin to get to a place like that, though, we need to find a way to come together as a community, to listen, to learn, to share, to actually care about one another. I hope you do. I hope we can.
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This is kind of the story that just keep on giving. I wonder if our County Executive or the Racial Equity Task Force will be next to release a statement. If they do (and I see it) I will be sure to let the community know here on the blog.