Fort Bend County commissioners will vote on a resolution to denounce hate speech and racism related to COVID-19, including calling the virus the “China virus.”
This comes after Fort Bend County Judge KP George posted online several racist and angry Facebook posts about his stay-at-home order and mandatory mask order.
“Fort Bend County denounces anti-semitism, anti-Asian bigotry, racism and all hateful speech, violent action and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 that casts blame, promotes racism or discrimination or harms Fort Bend County Asian Pacific, Black, Latinx, Jewish, immigrant or other ethnic and religious communities,” the resolution said.
Although the resolution is unenforceable by county authorities, it serves as a response to racist attacks on George in one of the most diverse counties in the U.S.
“Fort Bend County pledges to support the inalienable rights of all people in our community, who should be treated with respect and must remain safe during this pandemic,” the resolution states. “We call upon all our residents to treat each other with respect.
“Fort Bend County urges residents to join us in calling attention to these harms and denouncing hate to help keep us all safe during this unprecedented pandemic and beyond.”