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Statement on the Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the wake of the two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, we offer our deepest sympathies to those whose loved ones have been killed or injured in these two senseless shootings. Particularly in El Paso, we are reminded of the deadly outcome of intolerance and bigotry. Children in El Paso are asking, “Why do they hate us? Just because our skin is a little darker? It’s terrifying.”

Arlington is a place where people of diverse backgrounds are welcome. All forms of bigotry are contrary to the values of our community. The Arlington Human Rights Commission will continue standing up to hate in all forms. Our strength depends on embracing diversity by strengthening our commitment to work with all members of our community for mutual respect and understanding at all times. Hate has no home here.


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