FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Krystal Ka‘ai
July 13, 2014
CAPAC Chair Calls for Resignation of Fox TV Host Bob Beckel
Condemns Use of Racial Slur Against Chinese
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), called for the resignation of Fox TV host Bob Beckel in response to xenophobic comments made by the television host.
During a broadcast of The Five on July 10, 2014, Beckel stated that “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S…..As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – err, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”
Congresswoman Judy Chu released the following statement:
“The racist comments of Fox host Bob Beckel are utterly outrageous. He condemns an entire ethnic group as being threats to national security and uses racial slurs while doing so.
“The implications go far beyond the Chinese community by promoting a culture of intolerance that has no place in our society. Unfortunately, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community knows all too well the dangers of these xenophobic views. All we have to do is look to the fear mongering and hysteria of the 1980s that resulted in the murder of Vincent Chin by two white unemployed autoworkers to see how tragedy can occur when racism and xenophobia are tolerated.
“As a Chinese American, I am deeply offended by Bob Beckel’s comments and call for his immediate resignation.”
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.