Asian American lawmakers fear rise in discrimination

Asian American lawmakers fear rise in discrimination

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., fears for his safety when leaving his home to get groceries, he told USA TODAY in a recent interview.

Lieu said he had pepper spray and was considering bringing it with him when he left his home.

“Now, I think about if I'm going to go to the grocery store, I wonder if I should carry this on me. And no one should be thinking about that,” said Lieu, who represents a Los Angeles-area district. 

“Especially when we're dealing with a health pandemic, we should all be working together trying to figure out what's the best way to solve this crisis and keep it from spreading.”

Amid a rise in anti-Asian American sentiment, many Asian Americans have reported an uptick in discrimination and hate crimes. Lawmakers are no exception, and several have raised their concerns over the current climate surrounding coronavirus.

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