The following is a statement from Columbia Association (CA) Board of Directors Chair Andy Stack and CA President/CEO Milton Matthews regarding the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the U.S.:
The Columbia community was founded on the values of inclusion, established as a place where people of all backgrounds are welcome to come, to grow and to thrive. The greater Howard County community is home to a kaleidoscopic population, representing individuals and families from many different ethnic groups, national origins and other heterogeneous traits. These residents contribute immensely to the vitality and vibrancy of this region.
Every person of every background has the right to feel safe in their community. That includes Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members who have been unjustly targeted by recent acts of hate.
CA stands in solidarity with all people who are a part of the Columbia community, whether they visit, work here or call this place home. We strongly condemn any action that targets individuals based on their race, ethnicity, gender or any other discriminatory reason.
The statement went on to say that while CA “strongly” supported the Stop Asian Hate Solidarity Rally, which will took place on Wednesday evening at “a space is meant for peaceful gatherings and meaningful conversations” – the Columbia Lakefront – to honor the lives lost to hateful acts of violence.