Today, state Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) issued a statement in support of Chinese and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Several acts of racism and discrimination against individuals of Asian descent have occurred across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Maharath emphasized that Central Ohio is a welcoming place for everyone, including the AAPI community, and that it should always remain so.
“Racism and discrimination have no home in Columbus, not now or ever,” said Maharath. “We have a lot of work to do to contain this virus and keep our communities healthy. We will call out those who try to use this crisis to put others down. Nobody should have to live in fear of discrimination and I will do everything I can to ensure that the AAPI community can safely call Central Ohio home.”
Senator Maharath will soon introduce an Ohio Senate Resolution denouncing racism and discrimination toward AAPI communities. She recently signed onto a letter
the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership sent to a number of elected officials in Ohio, including Governor Mike DeWine and members of the state legislature, urging them to fight against discrimination against AAPI Ohioans.