"The hell is wrong with us?"

Newsom noted the long history of anti-Asian racism in San Francisco and across the country and lamented how people are still dealing with such hate.

“It breaks your heart. It doesn’t just break your heart, it infuriates, I think all of us, the idea that people have to live in fear because their race, their ethnicity, because the language they speak, because of their age or gender,” said Newsom. “The idea that we are today in 2021 still having conversations we were having in 1881, a year before the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, is painful and infuriating at the same time. The hell is wrong with us?”

The governor reiterated that the bigotry and racist attacks against Asians have been exacerbated by the pandemic and the rhetoric from former President Donald Trump along with other politicians and their supporters. UCSF researchers this week published a study showing a tweet by former President Donald Trump in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has been attributed to a precipitous rise in anti-Asian hashtags on the platform.