A Delaware lawmaker apologized online after his email containing an anti-Asian slur about Asian women made its way to the media.
What happened: State Rep. Gerald Brady (D-DE) accidentally sent the email to a person advocating the decriminalization of prostitution on June 27, according to the News Journal of Wilmington via The Associated Press.
- The advocate, whose name was not revealed, had shared a Princeton University study with Brady. The study suggested that “the presence of strip clubs led to a decrease in sex crimes in a New York City police precinct.”
- Although the advocate referred to a period of time in Rhode Island in which massage parlor and strip club prostitution was decriminalized, the shared study never specifically mentioned Asian women engaged in sex work and strip clubs.
- “Is the dude basically saying, if we provide free Bl*wj*bs for Uncle Pervie there will be few rapes and few ch*nk broads will be shipped in CONEX containers to the Port of Wilmington??” Brady said in his reply using an official government email address.
- Drew Volturo, a spokesman for the House Democratic Caucus, explained that the email was supposed to go to a private citizen whom Brady asked to summarize the study. However, the lawmaker accidentally replied to the advocate’s email.
The apology: Brady took to Facebook on Tuesday after someone forwarded the email to the News Journal of Wilmington, WHYY reported.
(To view the statement below, you must click on the Facebook post and look through the social media platform.)
- “There is no excuse I can offer that explains my embarrassing and shameful words that insulted, stereotyped and dehumanized an entire culture while making light of a serious human rights crisis,” Brady said.
- Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, said it was “really disheartening” to see Brady’s email.
- “When it comes from folks who you are hoping can be partners with you in changing the trajectory of this country, and its racism and sexism, and those other very people using this kind of language, it really does set you back in terms of just mentally and emotionally,” Choimorrow said.
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