Rep. Jerrold Nadler said the blame for an uptick of attacks on Asian Americans falls in part on leading lawmakers “who have demonized China” during a House hearing on the matter.
“It is important to recognize that this surge did not spontaneously arise only out of fears regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Some of this blame lies squarely on political leaders who have demonized China — both because of the virus and ongoing geopolitical tensions — and in turn Asian Americans have fallen in harm’s way,” Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday.
“Words have power. What we say matters. How we treat each other matters,” Nadler (D-NY) said at the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
“The conversation we are having today is long overdue, and it is vital that Congress shine a light on this issue.”
Nadler did not name any one politician for criticizing China or the Chinese Communist Party.
Thursday’s hearing was scheduled to examine the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, which jumped 149 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
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