NAACP Vancouver and the League of United Latin American Citizens called Saturday for the resignation of Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring following comments she made Wednesday that she doesn’t believe systemic racism exists in the county.
Quiring, in a text message Saturday, said: “I will NOT be resigning.”
She later added, “I have great empathy for anyone who suffered discrimination and racism. Again, I do not condone it! These organizations having such a knee-jerk reaction to a different point of view being expressed is truly unfortunate. Their call for my resignation is completely unreasonable!”
In its letter to Quiring, NAACP Vancouver said it is “deeply concerned by your denial of the systemic racism that exists in Clark County. Your comments and attitude prove that you lack the knowledge, integrity and vision to competently lead our county. For the best interest of all Clark County residents, we call upon you to immediately resign as county chair.”
Community leaders and citizens have been vocal about Quiring’s comment, with some listing a number of examples of systemic racism in the county.
“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.”