Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla condemned violence against Asian Amerian Pacific Islanders after three violent attacks at spas in Atlanta Ga. left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women.
“Since the pandemic’s onset over a year ago, we have witnessed increased violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI),” said Bhalla. “Just this week, though not an isolated incident, I’m heartbroken at the senseless acts of violence that sadly took the lives of six Asian American women in Georgia. These horrific acts come at a time when Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been subject to racism, discrimination, and xenophobia that has absolutely no place in our society.”
According to Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Americans nationwide have reported being targeted at least 503 times in January and February with a total of 3,795 complaints received over the past year. 11 percent of these complaints involved physical assaults and 68 percent were verbal harassment.
“Let me be clear: we in Hoboken condemn these abhorrent events and racism in all forms,” said Bhalla. “Not only must we as citizens and leaders openly condemn these actions, but also reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism, and to truly acknowledge the enormous pain and suffering that Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other historically marginalized communities experience daily.”
He encouraged residents to be mindful of the neighbors and to support each other “during these difficult times.”
“In Hoboken, a fair and welcoming City, we will continue to stand up for, protect and celebrate our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and small businesses,” said Bhalla. “It is my sincere hope that cities across the country will join our Mile Square, and the many other cities that have stood firmly against bigotry and discrimination, of any kind.”