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Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin referred to Asian Americans as “yellow Virginians” in an April interview, The American Independent reports.
Youngkin used the offensive descriptor while discussing American unity on Chris Arps’ “Water Cooler Politics” podcast.
“I so look forward to being governor and actually working hard to unleash the potential of all Virginians, of all Virginians, so that people — so that our children can run as fast as they can,” Youngkin said. “So that all Virginians — Black Virginians, brown Virginians, white Virginians, yellow Virginians — can all achieve their aspirations and their ambitions. And this is what America is about. This is what Virginia should be about.”
The American Independent received statements from Virginia state Del. Kathy Tran and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). Both AAPI politicians expressed that the use of the term yellow is offensive.
A spokesperson for Youngkin told The American Independent that other people, like Hunter Biden, have used the term “yellow.”
The Democratic Party of Virginia called for Youngkin to apologize on Twitter Wednesday after The American Independent published its article.
“At a time when we’ve seen rising hate and violence against the AAPI community, @GlennYoungkin needs to take responsibility and apologize for using this slur,” the party wrote on Twitter.
Virginia Delegate Suhas Subramanyam said in a tweet that AAPIs everywhere deserve an apology from Youngkin.
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