Stop Politicizing Anti-Asian Violence

Epoch Times, February 1, 2023

The opportunistic and the misguided wasted no time in fanning the flames of racial grievance after two mass shootings in California last week.

Taking place separately in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, both shootings resulted in the murder of multiple victims of Asian descent at the beginning of the Lunar New Year, a major holiday for Asian communities.

Soon after news of the Monterey Park shooting broke, Rep. Adam Schiff of California named anti-Asian bigotry as a possible motive. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attributed the shooting to undefined “bigotry and hate.” Many others chimed in on social media, denouncing former President Donald Trump and white supremacy as responsible for the tragedies. None, of course, had any evidence for their assertions.

Law enforcement later announced the Monterey Park suspect to be Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old Asian male who subsequently killed himself. Meanwhile, the suspect for Half Moon Bay, Chunli Zhao, is a 66-year-old farm worker from China.

Inconveniently for those who peddled the claim that white supremacy and anti-Asian bigotry were the cause of the shooting rampages, neither Monterey Park nor Half Moon Bay fits their political narrative.

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