In the early morning hours of September 8, the Hmong Cultural Center Museum in St. Paul was vandalized, causing damage to the front of the museum. Spray painted on the front of the building was a slogan associated with a white supremacist group.
Following this incident, Senator Hawj (DFL – Saint Paul) issued this statement:
“For far too long, Asian Americans have suffered discrimination and hate crimes in this country, and I condemn the recent vandalization of the Hmong Cultural Center Museum in St. Paul. This museum, along with the Hmong Cultural Center, as a whole, have been positive influences in our community, showcasing art and offering educational opportunities for people to learn about the Hmong culture, and the Hmong American experience. Their intention has always been to promote positive race relations in our communities, which makes this act of hate even more disheartening.”
“Our Hmong community is strong and signs can be replaced. However, what can’t be replaced is the long-lasting effects that such hateful acts have on someone. We have a lot of work to do towards acceptance and inclusivity and I will continue to push for more anti-racist efforts in Minnesota to ensure that everyone feels safe in their communities.”