Earlier today Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass sent a memorandum to County Executive Marc Elrich requesting the formation of an anti-hate task force. Full message below:
“The rise in racial, ethnic and LGBTQ+ hate crimes in Montgomery County is disturbing and frightening. Crimes against people simply because of their identity is unacceptable.
According to the most recent Montgomery County Report on Bias Incidents, there were 143 reported bias incidents in 2021 – the highest number in nearly a decade. Of the 79 race-based incidents, 60.8% were anti-Black and 20.3% were anti-Asian. Of the 34 incidents motivated by bias towards religion, 85.3% were considered anti-Jewish, despite residents of Jewish faith making up only 10% of the population. The level of public animosity towards Jews is higher than it’s been in recent memory, with antisemitic hate crimes on the rise in our region and across the nation. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported a 34% increase in antisemitic incidents nationwide – the highest number on record since ADL began tracking such incidents.
As a Jew and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know the fear and pain many of our neighbors are experiencing. One of the central functions of government is to provide comfort and safety to our residents, which is why we have a moral obligation to promote inclusiveness, celebrate diversity, prevent the spread of misinformation, and reject hate in all its forms.
I am requesting the formation of an anti-hate task force to prioritize policies that promote safety and
combat hate crimes – whether it’s racism. which can include anti-Black hate. AAPIhate anti- Latino hate; antisemitism, islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia or transphobia. We must stand up against all hate and bigotry.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides funding, training and technical assistance to state, local and tribal agencies and community organizations to address this alarming rise in violent and property crimes committed on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.
Montgomery County is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, a fact we celebrate every day.
We are all committed to ending the spread of hate, bigotry, and harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex – including on the basis of gender, gender identity and expression, disability, or any other protected characteristic as defined by law. All residents should feel a sense of inclusion and connection, not alienation, when they travel around our beautifully diverse community.
Hate has no place in Montgomery County”
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