‘Vile, offensive and racially divisive’: Queens lawmakers condemn racist remarks against Asian Americans during City Council hearing


Queens lawmakers are condemning a speaker’s comments as “racist, divisive and hurtful” against the Asian American community during a City Council testimony hearing on Thursday, Dec. 8. 

In a video shared on Twitter, the speaker, identified as Douglass Powell, a leader with VOCAL-NY’s Homelessness Union, called Asian Americans’ testimony “garbage” and referred to them as “racists” during the Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights hearing regarding Manhattan Councilman Keith Powers’ controversial bill (Intro. 632) that would end criminal background checks on prospective tenants. 

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