CAPAC Chair Judy Chu Condemns Hate Crimes Targeting
Minority Communities
March 8, WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of recent attacks and hate crimes targeting South
Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Middle Eastern, and Jewish communities – including the recent
shooting of two South Asian men in Olathe, Kansas and the shooting of a Sikh man in Kent,
Washington – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu
(CA-27) issued the following statement:

“The alarming number of attacks facing the South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Middle Eastern, and
Jewish communities is appalling and must end. The recent shooting of Deep Rai, a Sikh
American, outside of his home in Washington follows the murder of Srinivas Kuchibotla and
attempted murder of Alok Madasani in Kansas. The stark parallels in these cases are
undeniable. In both attacks, the assailants told the victims to go back to their country before
opening fire on them.

“While both shootings are now being investigated as hate crimes, this is not enough to
stymie the increase in xenophobic attacks targeting communities of color and religious
CAPAC Chair Judy Chu
minorities that we have seen since the presidential election. In fact, just last week, we learned of the fatal shooting of
another Indian man, Harnish Patel, who was murdered outside of his home in Lancaster, South Carolina. While the facts of
this particular case are still being investigated, it is clear that we must do more to address the surging tide of hate and the
emboldened anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric plaguing our national discourse.

“This begins with President Trump and our nation’s leaders not only condemning these incidents of hate, but also moving
away from the dangerous rhetoric that has enabled this violence to flourish. We must also take proactive steps to
investigate and prevent future hate crimes impacting our communities. These hateful actions run contrary to our values as a
nation and have no place in our society. No community should have to live in a constant state of fear in their own country.”