An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress
Subject: Senator Blackburn's Racist Tweet Against All People with Chinese Heritage
December 8, 2020
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
The Honorable Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of the Senate
On December 3, 2020, Senator Marsha Blackburn tweeted the following:
“China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change...” (screenshot captured).
The tweet itself is simply racist regardless of to whom Sen. Blackburn was trying to communicate in whatever context.
What is more appalling and alarming is the fact that this tweet has attracted 24.3K "Likes" and continued metastasizing like a cancer cell across the social media.
On October 16, 2013, A 6-year-old boy said, “Kill everyone in China” on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show, and Kimmel replied: "Kill everyone in China? OK, that's an interesting idea.” Both Mr. Kimmel and ABC apologized for such an outrageously racist and violent segment.
Obviously, every member of Congress must be held at a much higher standard than a talk-show host in the entertainment industry.
We, the civic organizations and individuals of Chinese Americans community across the United States, hereby demand the following congressional actions:
1. Senator Blackburn shall sincerely apologize on the Senate floor to the Chinese Americans community.
2. The Senate shall pass a resolution to censure Senator Blackburn for her racist tweet.
3. The House shall pass a resolution to denounce such racist speech from a member of Congress.
Chinese Americas Anti-racism Coalition (CAARC)
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