(CNN) Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel never imagined that the first time they would testify before Congress as new lawmakers it would be to call out hate against their community.
But the California Republicans eagerly joined other Asian American lawmakers as witnesses in a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week intended to put the spotlight on discrimination, which took on more urgency in the wake of the mass shootings of Asian Americans in Atlanta earlier in the week.
“This should not have to be said, but I want to be very clear. No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate, it affects everyone,” Kim testified.
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