Governor Larry Hogan today joined 25 governors from across the country in a joint statement on the rise in anti-Asian hate. Read the joint statement.
“As governors, we take care in protecting the people of our states. The tragic loss of loved ones in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asian Americans, is part of a long and painful litany of acts of hate against Asian Americans across the country.
“Today, and everyday, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community. Hate will not divide our states and our communities, and we condemn all expressions of racism, xenophobia, scapegoating, and anti-Asian sentiment.
“From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II to the mistreatment of Muslims and Sikhs after 9/11, this year is part of a history of racism against the Asian American community.
“In the past year, the use of anti-Asian rhetoric during the pandemic has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian-Americans spiked 149% from 2019 to 2020, even while hate crimes fell overall.
“What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. We condemn racism, violence, and hatred against our AAPI communities, and we must do more to protect, lift up, and support the Asian American community.”
Governor Gavin Newsom, State of California
Governor Jared Polis, State of Colorado
Governor Ned Lamont, State of Connecticut
Governor John Carney, State of Delaware
Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero, Territory of Guam
Governor David Ige, State of Hawaii
Governor J.B. Pritzker, State of Illinois
Governor Laura Kelly, State of Kansas
Governor Andy Beshear, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana
Governor Janet Mills, State of Maine
Governor Larry Hogan, State of Maryland
Governor Charlie Baker, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State of Michigan
Governor Timothy Walz, State of Minnesota
Governor Steve Sisolak, State of Nevada
Governor Phil Murphy, State of New Jersey
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, State of New Mexico
Governor Andrew Cuomo, State of New York
Governor Roy Cooper, State of North Carolina
Governor Kate Brown, State of Oregon
Governor Tom Wolf, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Governor Daniel McKee, State of Rhode Island
Governor Ralph Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia
Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington
Governor Tony Evers, State of Wisconsin