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 flu’ or ‘Wuhan virus’ or 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 used “an old saying in Texas” describing lynching, saying Americans “want justice” for victims however that he had concern about “the policing of rhetoric in a free society.”
New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng responded in sort:
“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.”
“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 informed NCS’s “New Day.”
“Six Asian women are dead,” Nguyen stated. “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.”
The Point: With a problem this noxious, language issues — and so does motion.