Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement today after Rush Limbaugh mocked the Chinese language and culture on his radio program:
“Today, Rush Limbaugh reached a new low as he mocked the Chinese language and culture. His classless act is an insult to over 3,000 years of cultural history and is a slap in the face to the millions of Chinese Americans who have struggled in this country and to a people who constitute one-quarter of the world’s population. His comments belittle the contributions of the Chinese community and are sadly indicative of the bigotry that has often plagued his commentary and lined his pockets. Mr. Limbaugh owes the Chinese community an apology for this pointless and ugly offense.”
Civil Rights Groups Join Yee in Condemning Limbaugh, Advertisers
Over one thousand people from throughout the country have already signed an online petition that Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) launched on his website yesterday to condemn Rush Limbaugh for offensive comments he recently made during his radio program. The petition calls on Limbaugh to apologize for mocking the Chinese culture and asks his sponsors to pull their advertisements.
Several civil rights groups have also joined Yee in protest including the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW), Chinese for Affirmative Action, Gray Panthers, Japanese American Citizens League, California Nurses Association, International Institute of the Bay Area, Marcos Gutiérrez Productions, Mission Beacon, Hecho en California Radio 1010, Zamboanga Hermosa Organization of Northern California, Filipino Californian Senior Citizen’s Society, Inc. (Fil-CA), and United Domestic Workers (AFSCME UDW), among others.
Other leaders have also condemned Limbaugh including Congressman David Wu, Congresswoman Judy Chu, California Assemblyman Paul Fong, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng,
After condemning the offensive comments by Limbaugh, yesterday Yee received death threats via racist, expletive-laden faxes that contained a graphic of an American flag adorned pickup truck dragging a noose.
“We should never allow such racist vitriol to go unchallenged,” said Yee. “It is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance. These threats will not deter me and others from the work we are doing to embrace our diversity and help move our country forward.”
In addition to the online petition, Yee’s website – www.senate.ca.gov/yee – lists several of the companies that advertise on Limbaugh’s show, including Pro Flowers, eharmony, Onstar, CARBONITE, Inc., Sleep Number Bed, Sleep Train, Les Schwab, Selectquote.com, The Shane Co., Domino’s Pizza, Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee, AutoZone Inc., 5 Hour Energy, Blue-Emu, LegalZoom, Citrix Online (GoToMyPC.com), American Forces Network, Mission Pharmacal Company, Lending Tree, and Life Quotes, Inc.