Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Constitution Subcommittee Hearing on Asian Hate Crimes

March 18, 2021

Congressman McClinock serves on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.  The Congressman delivered the following remarks at a hearing held on March 18, 2021:

Ours is a Worthy Society
Constitution Subcommittee Hearing on Asian Hate Crimes

March 18, 2021

          We seem to be confusing opposition to the Chinese Government – including its actions during the coronavirus pandemic -- with hostility toward Americans of Asian descent.  I find that very confusing, since many Asian Americans fled abusive governments, including and especially the Chinese Communist regime.  Hostility to that government is not hostility to its victims – quite the contrary.  Yet that is the connection the Democrats appear to be making.

          There are racists of every color in every society.  It is the baser side of human nature.

          But no nation has struggled harder to transcend that nature and isolate and ostracize its racists than have Americans.  The American Founders placed principles in the Declaration of Independence that they believed would someday produce a nation of free men and women of all races and religions, together enjoying the blessings of liberty and the equal protection of our laws.  Lincoln denounced any other claim as (quote) “Having an evil tendency, if not an evil design.” 

          An evil tendency and an evil design are exactly what the radical left has re-introduced into our society and it is tearing our country apart.

          The violent attacks cited today against Asian Americans are heinous, despicable and inexcusable. 

          But there are two statistics that should add some perspective to this issue.

          According to the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Act report, of all 4,930 victims of reported hate crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, 48.5 percent were due to anti-black bias, 15.7 percent due to anti-white bias, 14.1 percent due to anti-Hispanic or Latino bias and only 4.4 percent due to anti-Asian bias.

          What should make us all proud as Americans is the fact that Asian Americans have the highest median income of any ethnic group in America, including white Americans.  Median income for Asian Americans is 38% higher than the national median. 

          If America were such a hate-filled, discriminatory, racist society filled with animus against Asian Americans, how do you explain the remarkable success of Asian Americans in our country?  

          Their success should bring us all together as Americans to celebrate the opportunities our country offers to all who seek the blessings of liberty.  It deeply saddens me that instead of uniting as Americans, this hearing seeks to divide us as Americans.  Any racist sentiment, speech or act needs to be vigorously condemned.  But to attack our society as systemically racist – a society that has produced the freest, most prosperous and most harmonious multi-racial society in world history – is an insult and it is wrong.

          Shakespeare’s Cassius tells Brutus, “It is very much lamented, Brutus, that you have no such mirrors as will turn your hidden worthiness into your eye, that you might see your shadow."

          The protesters fighting for their freedom in Hong Kong -- resisting their take-over by the communist government of China -- waived American flags as a symbol of their aspirations.  Perhaps we should look to them as a mirror to appreciate our society’s hidden worthiness.