Sunday, March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day dedicated to fostering a global culture of equality, where each of us is called upon to take a stand against racial prejudice and discrimination. It’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all forms of racism.
The United Nations day commemorates the horrific shooting in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. Race-based discrimination and violence continues to exist in our society and around the world. Many employees and residents experience this every day. And as we learn about these realities, like the recent killing of eight people—including six Asian women—in Atlanta, we are affected individually and collectively. We support everyone impacted by this event and other acts of violence.
In January, the City launched a public social media campaign to address the significant increase of anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is aware of the urgency of this issue and stands in solidarity with Asian people in our city and around the world.
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