OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Reps. Andy Fugate and Cyndi Munson, on behalf of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement condemning violence and lifting up Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.
According to “Stop AAPI Hate,” a nonprofit that tracks and advocates against the violence, there have been more than 3,000 reports of violence against the AAPI community since the start of COVID in America.
“We lift up the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Too many are hurting today due to callous, inexcusable acts of hate. There is no place in modern society for racism or violence.
Diversity is not a weakness. It is but our greatest strength. Having different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives is how humanity grows. Our ingenuity and creativity as humans are held back by every disgusting comment or violent act in the name of racism. This must stop.
On this issue specifically, blaming the fallout of COVID on a demographic of Americans is willfully, disgustingly ignorant. Furthermore, it fails to hold relevant parties accountable. It wasn’t Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who failed to protect Americans by implementing safeguards to limit the spread. It was ineffective government leadership.”