Virginia Democrats Call on John Whitbeck to Denounce Party Insider’s Racial Slurs


    From DPVA:

    It's been over a week since Jeanine Martin, a prominent Virginia Republican activist, went on a tirade against immigrants, using racial slurs to describe, in particular, Asian-American immigrants. Martin's remarks were met with disgust and condemnation from a wide variety of Virginians. Yet, John Whitbeck, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, has not said anything on the issue.
    In response to his silence, Dewita Soeharjono, Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia's Asian-American Caucus, released the following statement:
    "It is extremely disappointing to see such a delayed and lackluster response from the Republican Party of Virginia to the use of racial slurs by one of their party leaders. It is particularly disappointing that Chairman Whitbeck has been completely absent from the conversation, especially given his own troubled relationship with inappropriate remarks about minorities.

    We've heard a lot of talk from the RPV about becoming friendlier to minority voters, but that effort rings hollow if Chairman Whitbeck can't even condemn racial slurs from his own ranks. Where does he stand? Does he tolerate this kind of behavior?" 

    • Dave Webster

      I believe I have met Dewita on a couple of occasions.  In any event, I am sure she would agree with me the term Hmong is not a racial slur.  That is the accusation against Jeanine Martin.  I personally disagreed with Ms. Martin’s statement for which she subsequently apologized but the fact remains “Hmong” is not a racial slur.  I have never seen it used a such.  Hmong people have their own terms for their subcultural divisions, Hmong Der (spelled Hmoob Dawb meaning “White Hmong”) and Hmong Leng (spelled Moob Leeg, or Moob Ntsuab meaning “Blue/Green Mong”) Obviously the Hmong don’t regard the term as a racial slur.  Dewita, while you are free to criticize Jeanine Martin’s comments, don’t insult the term “Hmong.”