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Supervisors approve resolution condemning anti-Asian racism



San Diego County supervisors adopted a resolution denouncing xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, it was announced Wednesday.

During a Tuesday meeting that ran until 11:30 p.m. due to a packed agenda, supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, put forth by board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chairwoman Nora Vargas.

According to the resolution, "San Diego County joins cities, counties and states across the country in affirming its commitment to the safety and well-being of citizens, non-citizens and visitors with ancestry from the Asia Pacific region and in combating racist acts targeting (Asian Pacific Islanders).

"San Diego County, in partnership with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, as well as other appropriate officials and agencies across the county, will continue its efforts to protect API residents and victims of discrimination and to curb hate acts related to COVID-19 as well as those inflicted upon Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Muslim and LGBTQIA communities, and people with disabilities," the resolution stated.

The entire resolution is available to read here.

"In January we declared racism a public health crisis, and today our board stood united with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community to say we will not tolerate acts of hate or xenophobia of any kind," Fletcher said in a statement issued after the meeting. "We will continue to stand up against racism to make sure all people feel safe and that they belong in our county."

During a March 24 news conference, Fletcher and Vargas joined with local Asian-American/Pacific Islander leaders to denounce hate and announce plans for the resolution. READ MORE