Fort Bend officials discuss anti-hate initiatives in support of Asian American community after deadly Atlanta spa shootings

News briefing: Fort Bend officials discuss anti-hate initiatives in support of Asian American community after deadly Atlanta spa shootings
News briefing: Fort Bend officials discuss anti-hate initiatives in support of Asian American community after deadly Atlanta spa shootings

HOUSTON – Fort Bend County Judge KP George along with community leaders spoke Friday on the deadly Atlanta spa shootings, as well as anti-hatred initiatives, anti-immigrant bias and discriminatory acts against Asians and Asian Americans.

View the briefing in its entirety below.

The briefing was held just days after a white gunman killed eight people, most of them Asian American women, in Atlanta-area massage parlors.

“People simply went to work,” said Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George. “They went home in body bags. That is not okay. That is not the America we envisioned and that is not the America we love and cherish in our hearts.”

The killings come after an increase in anti-Asian violence nationally in the year since the coronavirus pandemic upended American life.

“We live in a free society,” said George. “Nobody should be afraid for their well being or scared to go out or scared to go for a walk or go to the store. Nobody should be. This is America. This is not a third-world country. There is no room for hate in our county,” said George.

Fort Bend County is the most diverse county in Texas and among the most diverse in the country.


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