Democratic Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York appeared on CNN's New Day on Thursday, March 18, to respond to the racist anti-Asian sentiment that came to a head with this week's shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.
On the air, Meng played several bigotted voicemails she's received which baselessly connect her, an Asian American woman, to the global pandemic.
Meng also shared several recordings on Twitter.
Last week my resolution condemning anti-Asian sentiment passed the House. After that, I got many racist voicemails… https://t.co/zIYRzX1inT— Grace Meng (@Grace Meng)1601073704.0
The racist messages I got were hurtful but so many have been hurt in worse ways to the point of death. Hate inciden… https://t.co/7Q5ya8mycP— Grace Meng (@Grace Meng)1612978723.0
The New York Congresswoman called out Republicans who have villified Asians in the eyes of their constituents.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) says Republicans "can talk about issues with any other country that you want — but you don't… https://t.co/FhGWlvwvLq— CBS News (@CBS News)1616080860.0
@Grace4NY It’s all so heartbreaking. Saw you on tv tonight. Thank you for speaking out. I pray that all racism will… https://t.co/2Y5n47ZF3P— Maureen McCormick (@Maureen McCormick)1616038312.0
Twitter was disgusted by the racism Meng and other Asians have been forced to confront.
@Grace4NY So sorry to hear that you’re receiving the brunt of the hate for being brave and taking action against th… https://t.co/frC4gDRLeD— Carol Crane, PhD (@Carol Crane, PhD)1615952989.0
@Grace4NY Grace, keep doing what you are doing please! Its hard to understand such xenophobic attitudes exist in a… https://t.co/Wgzzrvmz1W— Diversity Visa Winners (@Diversity Visa Winners)1612978985.0
Meng used these messages to demonstrate how President Trump's hateful rhetoric surrounding the virus has affected Asians.
@Grace4NY @TheBigBrownGirl I am sorry you have been exposed to such hatred. Stay strong. Some day these people will… https://t.co/AT3xGCvhpO— Linda Artis (@Linda Artis)1613078923.0
We support the #COVID19HateCrimeBill that @Grace4NY and @SenHirano introduced last week. This legislation will stre… https://t.co/yEmh6mqoHr— Action Fund Georgia - #AAPI2021 (@Action Fund Georgia - #AAPI2021)1616068563.0
What have we become? https://t.co/EA2AsE361z— SWMBO (@SWMBO)1616072556.0
Anti-Asian racism especially targets women, including our lawmakers. This has been a central part of US history and… https://t.co/kt8dkJqKXk— Erika Lee (@Erika Lee)1615990991.0
Hopefully Meng's efforts wake some CNN viewers up to the racist treatment many Asians face in the United States.
Praying for you and for our country. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/VLx5mIqxOD— Jean Windau (@Jean Windau)1615961526.0
Following the eight deaths in Atlanta this past Tuesday, March 16, America is working through its treatment of Asians and coming to terms with the racism that so often goes unnoticed or is denied by the majority.