These are powerful responses to anti-Asian rhetoric

Le parole hanno conseguenze. And many lawmakers said as much on Capitol Hill Thursday, in the first House hearing on discrimination against Asian Americans in more than three decades.

As California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu put it:
I served in active duty so you can say whatever you want under the First Amendment, you can say racist stupid stuff if you want. But I’m asking you to please stop using racist terms like ‘kung fluor ‘Wuhan virusor other ethnic identifiers in describing this virus. I am not a virus and when you say things like that, it hurts the Asian American community.
    Lieu was responding to Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, who usedan old saying in Texasdescribing lynching, saying Americanswant justicefor victims but that he had concern aboutthe policing of rhetoric in a free society.
      New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng responded in kind:
        Your president and your party and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country that you want, but you don’t have to do it by putting a bull’s-eye on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids.
        Violence and discrimination against Asian Americans have spiked over the last year, con più di 500 reported instances of violence in the first two months of 2021, according to a recent report from the organization Stop AAPI Hateand likely even more unreported.

          While there is no set motive in the Atlanta shootings yet, six of the eight victimsAsian ethnicity drove concern over yet another example of seemingly random violence against an entire ethic group. The gunman told police he believed he had a sex addiction, dice la polizia. But advocates say this feeds directly into a major issueand oft-perpetuated stereotype about Asian women.
          The fact that he’s even characterizing this as eliminating some sort of sex addition problem is dehumanizing and directed at the women who worked in this industry,” Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen told CNN’sNew Day.
          tuttavia, “sesso” è un hate crime category under Georgia law. The shootings don’t have to be racially motivated to constitute a hate crime in the state.
            Six Asian women are dead,” Nguyen said. “And you simply cannot separate the fact that there’s hypersexualization of Asian women. It is interlinked to sex-working industry, and you cannot separate the misogyny, the racism and gender-based violence.
            Il punto: With an issue this noxious, language mattersand so does action.

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