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Asian American Kansas lawmaker says he was threatened at bar

 

March 21, 2021



TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The only Asian American lawmaker serving in the Kansas Legislature says he was physically threatened in a western Kansas bar by an out-of-state patron, who he said questioned if he had been carrying COVID-19.

In social media comments posted Friday, state Rep. Rui Xu, a Westwood Democrat, said the man confronted him and, using an expletive, questioned why he was wearing a face mask. Xu told the Associated Press that the patron also questioned if he was carrying the virus.

"That's a pretty specific dog whistle at Asian Americans from the last year," Xu told the AP. "Mo...



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