Rep. Ted Lieu Denounces Anti-Asian Racism: 'I Am Not A Virus'

Written by on March 19, 2021

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) condemned racist coronavirus descriptors throughout a CNN interview on Thursday, in addition to the phrases of fellow lawmaker Chip Roy (R-Texas), who started ranting in regards to the Chinese language Communist Get together throughout a Home Judiciary Committee listening to that very same day.

“I simply ask my Republican colleagues to please cease utilizing ethnic identifiers in describing the coronavirus,” stated Lieu, who was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the U.S. along with his household on the age of three. “I’m not a virus.”

In the course of the listening to — meant to give attention to anti-Asian racism and the deadly taking pictures of eight folks, six of them Asian girls, outdoors Atlanta this week — Roy immediately started pontificating in regards to the risks of stifling free speech. He mentioned the Chinese language Communist Get together, referencing “Chi-Coms” and “dangerous guys,” and appeared to glorify lynching, arguing that there was an “previous saying” in his state about discovering “all of the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree.”

Roy refused to stroll again his feedback after they went viral, even after web sleuths decided that his so-called “previous saying” seems to be a lyric from a 2003 music by nation singer Toby Keith.

“I served on energetic obligation in the USA navy to defend the proper of anybody to say silly, racist stuff, together with Consultant Chip Roy,” Lieu advised CNN’s Erin Burnett. “He glorified lynching at this listening to. Lynching has had a profound impact on African People and Asian People.”

Lieu pointed to the 1871 Chinese language bloodbath, a mass lynching during which a mob entered Los Angeles’ Chinatown and killed no less than 17 immigrants in chilly blood. 

“I name on Chip Roy to apologize,” Lieu stated. “He shouldn’t have been glorifying lynching at this listening to, and he’s complicated the fears of a international authorities with what this listening to is about, which is assaults on People who occur to be of Asian descent. It’s that incapability to separate the 2 that precipitated the Japanese American internment in World Battle II, and it’s inflicting hate crimes towards Asian People proper now.”

Lieu reiterated these remarks to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday. The U.S. has a “lengthy historical past of discrimination towards Asian People,” he famous, citing not solely the incarceration of Japanese People, but additionally the Chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882, which prohibited the immigration of Chinese language laborers for 61 years, and the 1982 homicide of Vincent Chin, who was crushed to dying by two males within the Detroit auto trade who blamed him for the success of Japanese vehicles, even though Chin was Chinese language American.

The COVID-19 pandemic is simply the newest impetus for discrimination, Lieu stated. 

“Please cease utilizing racist phrases like ‘Kung Flu,’ ‘Wuhan virus’ or different ethnic identifiers,” Lieu urged, repeating the phrases that former President Donald Trump repeatedly used throughout his final 12 months in workplace. “I’m not a virus, and while you say issues like that, it hurts the Asian American neighborhood.” 


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