“We can no longer afford to have the type of mentality exhibited by Quiring in public office if we are to make the necessary changes to move our community forward together,” LULAC’s letter reads. “Through her expressive racist statement, Quiring has demonstrated a callous disregard for Black and brown people living in Clark County. In our community, racial inequities are visible in the law, as well as in thoughts, actions and inactions.”
Quiring’s comment came as the council approved, in a 4-1 vote during the weekly council time meeting, a letter supporting Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins’ decision to ban “Thin Blue Line” flag stickers, pins and other decorations from sheriff’s office vehicles, offices and staff uniforms. (Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain also announced last week that he ordered none of those symbols to be worn by police employees or displayed in or on city property.)
Once intended to support law enforcement and family of officers killed in the line of duty, the iconography has become a source of controversy due to a perceived overlap with “Blue Lives Matter,” a phrase that emerged in response to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Atkins discussed the decision during a virtual Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Vancouver NAACP.
LULAC said that Quiring sharing her thoughts in a public setting and official capacity gave the organization “no choice but to join the effort to recall her and demand her resignation.”
In her follow-up text to The Columbian, Quiring said she made it clear that she believes there may be racist individuals — “unfortunately that exists because humans are not perfect. Nor do I condone racism in any form.”
“That said, from the sheriff’s office and deputies whom I know, none are racist. I know many of our judges in Clark County, I know none are racist. Finally, I know Clark County’s HR department and the good people there, and none of them are racist!” she wrote. “If all of these people and departments with our county aren’t racist, there is not SYSTEMIC racism! That has always been my point!”