Sacramento, Calif. – On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, President Trump tweeted that he would refrain from using the term ‘Chinese Virus’ after many lawmakers and AAPI organizations protested that such language has led to Asian Americans being subject to verbal abuse and physical violence.
In introducing her Resolution, Grace Meng said “The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric, particularly from our nation’s leaders such as the President, and their use of terms like ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus,’ and ‘Kung-flu,’ is not only irresponsible, reckless, and downright disgusting, it threatens the safety of the Asian American community; such language demeans, disparages, and scapegoats Asian Americans.”
“Asian Americans, like millions of others across the nation, are worried about the coronavirus; however, so many Asian Americans are also living in fear following the dramatic increase of threats and attacks against those of Asian descent. During this time of heightened anxiety and fear surrounding COVID-19, we cannot lose sight of protecting the health and safety of every single person – no matter their race, ethnicity, or background. The House must take a strong stand against the sickening intolerance, bigotry, and violence that is leaving a terrible stain on our nation’s history, especially during this moment of an unprecedented public health crisis. I am grateful to my colleagues who introduced this resolution with me today, and for joining me in saying loud and clear: xenophobia and discrimination is absolutely unacceptable. I strongly urge all of my House of Representatives colleagues, to support this measure, and its passage.”
Grace Meng’s Resolution is supported by 124 co-sponsors https://meng.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/meng-introduces-resolution-to-denounce-anti-asian-sentiment-caused-by-0
APAPA joins many other Asian American organizations in commending Rep. Meng for her efforts.