DNC Statement on the Racist Fox News Segment Disparaging Asian American Voters
October 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong issued the following statement condemning the racist and condescending “Watters’ World” segment of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” profiling Asian American voters:
“It is tragically tone deaf and insensitive that a Fox News correspondent decided to ambush and mock Asian voters in New York’s Chinatown. These historic neighborhoods came into existence because of racial discrimination and laws that denied Chinese American residents property rights, the right work in institutional agencies, and most importantly, the right to vote. This outrageous segment showed that division and fear of those who are different are clearly still present, including at Fox News.
“While Fox News has never been a bastion of tolerance, this is yet another example of the Trump effect, where attacks on communities of color have been normalized thanks to Trump’s divisive campaign. The DNC stands alongside the Asian American Journalists Association in calling for an apology and an explanation for how they will prevent this dehumanizing and racist programming in the future.”