Condemning Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

Floor Speech

Date: March 18, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. BOURDEAUX. Madam Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings.

Across our country, the Asian-American community has been under attack because of misinformation and xenophobia that wrongly blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 16, 2021, 1 year ago, in Atlanta, eight innocent people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, were senselessly murdered. The victims of this attack included mothers and grandmothers, fathers and sons, teachers, and veterans. These are lives that cannot be restored, leaving pain that cannot be forgotten.

These attacks in Georgia were a wake-up call for the public to the reality the Asian-American community is facing each and every day.

Acts of violence like these demonstrate why we must always call out bigotry and hate whenever or wherever we see it. We must all speak out against it.

I would like to thank CAPAC Chair Judy Chu for her leadership on this issue and encourage my colleagues to continue to speak out as we stand together with the Asian-American community.