Congressman Al Green Hosts #StopAsianHate Press Conference in Houston’s Chinatown

Apr 2, 2021

(Houston, TX) — On Friday, April 2, 2021, Congressman Al Green hosted a press conference in Houston’s Chinatown with local and state elected officials as well as community leaders to condemn anti-Asian violence and discrimination. Congressman Green traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, with fellow CAPAC members to visit the sites of the March 16 shootings and to meet with two of the victims’ families. He has also spoken out against the recent physical attack on a 65-year-old Asian woman in Manhattan.

Congressman Green hosted this press event at a local Asian spa in an expression of solidarity for Asian business owners and the Asian community at large who have been negatively impacted by an increase in anti-Asian sentiment. In doing so, he fulfills a commitment verbalized during the March 20 Stop AAPI Hate rally in Downtown Houston.

Congressman Al Green – who represents Houston’s Chinatown area in Congress – stated, “A year ago, I and several of my colleagues from the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) sent a letter to then-President Trump calling on him to cease use of pejoratives to refer to the coronavirus -  including China virus, Chinese virus, Wuhan virus, and Kung flu. There had been an uptick in physical assault and verbal harassment of Asians unfairly associated with the spread of COVID-19. A year later, approximately 3,800 attacks on Asians across our nation have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate.”

Congressman Green added, “President Trump never stopped using the pejoratives that promoted anti-Asian sentiment to reference the coronavirus, and the number of hateful, merciless attacks on Asians continues to grow. Although President Biden has made it his priority to condemn hate and the use of these derogatory terms, the remnants of the prior president’s words continue to fuel violence and shameful verbal attacks. We cannot allow what happened to the 8 victims in Atlanta and what happened to the 65-year-old survivor of a hate-filled attack in Manhattan to recur. We must work together to eliminate hate in our nation.”