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02.23.2021

CBS NEWS PODCAST “THE DEBRIEF” EXPLORES RISE OF ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE AND RACISM DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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In the latest episode of CBS News’ podcast THE DEBRIEF, host and CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett explored what’s behind the surge in anti-Asian violence and racism, what can be done about it and the long history of prejudice against these ethnic groups in the United States.

The latest episode of THE DEBRIEF is out now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever podcasts are available.

Excerpts from this week’s episode:

  • My whole life has never been, ‘Oh, he’s really good at basketball.’ It’s ‘He’s a really good basketball player and he’s Asian’ or maybe the best way to say it is ‘He’s Asian and he also plays basketball,’” former NBA player Jeremy Lin said. “And that’s kind of always been like my calling card or the way that people recognized me was just like basketball was kind of the parentheses or the footnote.”

  • So this white man who I had never seen before in my life, just blamed the entire COVID-19 pandemic on me, just based on the only part of my body he could see, which was my eyes,” Mari, a victim of anti-Asian discrimination, told Major of her experience.

  • This racism has had two major impacts. People were avoiding our businesses for fear of getting the disease,” Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate said, adding “and so we have higher rates of unemployment than the rest of the nation so people are worried about their financial well-being. And the other impact of racism is that our mental health has been hampered.”

  • All racism is toxic, but this is particularly stupid racism as well because there’s no evidence that Asian-Americans somehow transmit the virus at any greater rate than any other ethnicity,” U.S. Representative Ted Lieu of California told Major.

CHEAT TWEET: “I think an important piece of this story is how we got here,” @CBSNews White House Correspondent @weijia explains to @MajorCBS about the influx of hate crimes against Asian-Americans due to COVID-19. Listen here, featuring @JLin7, @StopAAPIHate & more. http://apple.co/3sh2WtJ

Follow Major Garrett on Twitter at @MajorCBS and THE DEBRIEF at @TheDebriefCBS. Discover more CBS News podcasts at cbsaudio.com/podcasts.

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