We are saddened and alarmed by the recent murders of eight individuals, including six Asian American women, in Georgia. This horrific tragedy occurred amidst a disturbing rise in hateful and bigoted rhetoric, harassment, discrimination, and acts of physical violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since the start of the pandemic last year.
We strongly denounce this pattern of racist activity and emphasize that it must not be tolerated in Bedford. More than 15% of Bedford’s population—our family, neighbors, friends, and classmates—identifies as AAPI. We are proud that the first Cambodian American woman elected to public office in Massachusetts serves on our board. We value the voices, experiences, and contributions of Bedford’s AAPI community, which contribute to our strong and vibrant town.