State Senator Tony Hwang

State Senator Tony Hwang released the following statement today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in connection with the historic achievements by people of color along alongside the hateful acts that painfully illustrate hatred and division still exist.

“Here we are in 2021 honoring the memory of a visionary civil rights and social justice leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we have been able to experience achievements made by persons of color, most notably President Barack Obama and soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris.  

“It is beyond unfortunate that the progress and successes we are seeing for minority communities are overshadowed by the painful and divisive hatred that still exists and recently showed its ugly face in our country.

“The beginning of this week marks a new dawn for our country as we will experience a constitutional change in leadership and a refocusing on the strides we need to continue making to be an equal and opportunistic country for all. We should truly observe this day and remember the man who called on all Americans to work harder on understanding and communicating with each other.”

Hwang cited a message from Dr. King that he finds to be a poignant reminder in these times: 

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” — Martin Luther King Jr. 

State Senator Tony Hwang, a Republican, represents the 28th District of Easton, Fairfield, Redding, Newtown and Westport in the Connecticut Senate.

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