The Honorable John Boehner (R-OH)
House Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Boehner:
cc: Rep. Eric Cantor, House Minority Whip (R-VA)
Rep. Mike Honda, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair (D-CA)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (D-CA)
Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA), the lone Republican who voted for healthcare reform legislation H.R. 3962, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, has come under withering racist attacks from conservative bloggers and websites. The Congressman has been denigrated as a “gook,” “Joseph Mao,” and a litany of other racially motivated smears.
This vile and racist language lowers the political discourse in our country and distracts our elected officials from solving the serious problems at hand. We call on you, your colleagues, and leaders of the Republican Party, to denounce this blatant racism that is increasingly coming from “tea party” bloggers and conservative forums like Free Republic.
America has been a land of immigrants from around the world, and this beloved country's strength comes from its diversity and equal protection for all under the law. Understanding this, we urge you to step forward and condemn the un-American hate currently being hurled at Congressman Cao.
Asian American Action Fund - Gautam Dutta
Asian Americans for Progress
Cook Ross, Inc. - Leslie Traub
Indian American Leadership Council – Yesvy Gustasp
Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association - Hoan Dang
National Federation of Filipino American Associations – Jon Melegrito
National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies – Lan Le
Organizations of Chinese Americans – Stan Lou and Stan Tsai
Vietnamese American Voters Association, Inc. – Jackie Bong-Wright
Voice of Vietnamese Americans - Genie Nguyen Le
Your Energy Solutions - Renee Putsche
Amy Dang – Miami Beach, FL
George Dang - Silver Spring, MD
Judy Docca – Montgomery Village, MD
JoAnn Krecke - Bethesda, MD
Larry La - Silver Spring, MD
Christine Meloni – Springfield, VA
Vy Nguyen – Washington, DC