Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks out against anti-Asian attacks

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks out against the recent surge in crimes against the country’s Asia-Pacific islander community.

“The racist attacks and hate crimes against the Asia-Pacific islander community are a national problem, and so is Austin,” Mayor Adler said in part. “Austin City Council members and I recognized this in 2020.”

A man was arrested this week for shootings that left eight people, including six Asian women, in the Atlanta area. Woodstock, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long was taken into custody in Crisp County after driving more than 180 miles, spending nearly four hours on the run, and making three fatal layovers.

These murders came as the latest wave of attacks against Asian Americans to coincide with the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. As recently as last weekend, a restaurant owned by Asian American Pacific Islander in San Antonio was ravaged and covered with racist slurs.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler made the following comment:

“The racial attacks and hate crimes against the Asia-Pacific islander community are a national problem, and so is Austin. The members of the city council and I recognized this in 2020.

The Asia-Pacific islander community makes up 8% of the city’s total population, and Asia-Pacific islander-owned businesses make up a significant portion of Austin’s overall economy.

One of the things that make Austin one of the best places to live and work is its people. The city is rich in its general diversity, and this heterogeneity benefits our entire community and economy.

We support, protect, and celebrate our city’s Asia Pacific Islander families, their businesses, and their cultural contributions to the Austin community. “

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