The following statement was adopted by Richmond City Council at its regular meeting on May 25, 2020:
A Richmond Statement Against Racism and Violence Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In Richmond, we are a community that celebrates a rich history of culture, diversity and heritage linked to the arrival and influence o f immigrants that began over a century ago.
The City of Richmond does not - and never will - condone or tolerate racist behaviour in any form. Such attitudes and actions do not reflect our community's cultural diversity or the spirit of inclusion that we are all proud of.
Events of the past few months have created uncertainty, frustration and fear for some. But that is no excuse to cast blame on others. COVID-19 should not be blamed on any single culture or country and it is certainly not the fault of anyone in our community.
Now, more than ever, we must stand together and be true to our shared values of diversity, inclusion and respect. Racial and discriminatory responses and actions have no place in Richmond. They have no place in our society.