Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) spoke out in opposition to anti-Asian racism on Wednesday, following the lethal Atlanta taking pictures spree one night prior that left eight individuals lifeless, six of them Asian girls.
Hogan, whose spouse, Yumi Hogan, is the first Korean American first lady of a U.S. state, tweeted that he was “horrified by the appalling violence committed in Georgia” and referred to as the occasion an “unspeakable tragedy, and the latest in a series of attacks against Asian Americans.”
The shootings occurred at three therapeutic massage parlors within the Atlanta space. Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, has been arrested because the lone suspect within the shootings. South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday that four people of Korean descent had been amongst these killed.
During a Sunday CNN appearance previous to the Atlanta taking pictures, the Maryland governor praised President Joe Biden’s condemnation of “vicious hate crimes” in opposition to Asian Americans. He added that will increase in Asian discrimination within the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic had personally affected his household.
“It really has been a serious problem. My wife, my three daughters, my grandkids, all Asian, and they’ve felt some discrimination personally,” Hogan stated. “But they also have close friends ― friends of my wife from church, some of my daughter’s friends, who’ve really been treated pretty terribly. Hate crimes in general last year were down 7%, but it was up 150% in the Asian community, and it’s outrageous, it’s unacceptable, and I think it was great that President Biden brought this up.”
Hogan added that his daughter was generally afraid to go to him attributable to Americans of Asian descent being attacked by individuals “yelling about the China virus” ― a reference to former President Donald Trump’s frequent moniker for COVID-19.
Hogan turned the stepfather of three adult daughters from his spouse first marriage after they wed in 2004.
The Maryland governor has credited his spouse, who was born in Nanju, South Korea, and immigrated to the U.S. in her 20s, with serving to him deal with the coronavirus pandemic by facilitating Maryland’s purchase of more than 400,000 COVID-19 tests from the South Korean well being care firm LabGenomics final yr.
Hogan has additionally been a vocal critic of Trump, and he penned an editorial in The Washington Post in July 2020 mentioning that the previous president as soon as referred to as South Koreans “terrible people” at a cocktail party in entrance of his spouse.
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