Jessica Wong, of Fall River, Mass., front left, Jenny Chiang, of Medford, Mass., center, and Sheila Vo, of Boston, from the state’s Asian American Commission, stand together during a protest, Thursday, March 12, 2020, on the steps of the Statehouse in Boston. Asian American leaders in Massachusetts condemned what they say is racism, fear-mongering and misinformation aimed at Asian communities amid the widening coronavirus pandemic that originated in China. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
UPDATED 7:09 AM PT — Tuesday, March 31, 2020
House Democrats have joined President Trump in condemning attacks against Asian-Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, the chairs of the Asian-Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus all backed a resolution that calls on “all public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment.” It also proposes the government document hate crime incidents connected with COVID-19.
“We’re asking all fair minded Americans to educate others to learn about this and share facts, and speak about the fact that this is a global pandemic that’s not related to ethnicity,” stated Rep. Judy chu, (D-Calif.), chairwoman for the Asian-Pacific American Caucus. “And also, if people see something then say something, say something to make sure that people stop it, that they stopped this kind of verbal harassment and in some cases physical harassment.”
A report from the Asian-Pacific Planning and Policy Council documented more than 650 direct reports of Asian discrimination since March 18, 2020.