National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Statement on the Upcoming State of the Union Address
Washington, DC— Leading up to the State of the Union Address, National Council of Asian Pacific American’s National Director, Gregg Orton issued the following statement:
“Today, as we await the State of the Union Address from President Trump and the Democratic response from former Minority Leader of the Georgia General Assembly, Stacey Abrams, the simple truth is that our country is in desperate need of unity and healing. It is thus fitting that today, February 5th, is also Lunar New Year, a cultural celebration observed by many Asian Americans that calls for renewal and the strengthening of the bonds that unite us.
While all Asian American Pacific Islanders do not necessarily observe this celebration, many do; and both President Trump and Leader Abrams have a unique opportunity to bring people together by embracing a multicultural America.
During this time when it feels as though our country is being torn apart by hate, vitriol and an unwillingness to see the world through a different lens, we should celebrate that today is Lunar New Year, and February is Black History Month. Not because they should be seen as exclusive to a community, but rather opportunities to appreciate that our country has always been stronger when we embrace diversity and each other.”