By Leona Vaughn
WNPA News Service 

Complaint alleging racist language filed against Democratic lawmaker

• A complaint issued by two organizations alleges Sen. Patty Kuderer used a racist term and lacks respect for Chinese Americans


Last updated 1/22/2020 at 3:36pm

Washington Asians for Equality and the American Coalition for Equality filed a complaint to the Secretary of Senate and Senate Counsels against Sen. Patty Kurderer, D-Bellevue, demanding an apology for her use of what they considered racist language.

The complaint, filed Monday, Jan. 20, was over something she said during a hearing before the Senate Housing and Affordability Committee on Friday, Jan. 17. Kuderer used the term “Chinese fire drill” to refer to a brief moment of confusion during the hearing. 

“Chinese fire drill is a racist term,” said Linda Yang, head of Washington A...

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