Letter to CNN regarding coverage of Hmong community

January 13, 2020

We sent a letter to CNN calling on them to address impacts of their coverage on the Hmong community after a mass shooting

Download our letter, which we sent with Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and Hmong National Development. The letter expresses our disappointment and extreme concern with a November 19, 2019 CNN article originally entitled, “The Hmong Community in California is experiencing another American milestone: Their First Mass Shooting.” After the community’s outrage over this callous title went viral, the title eventually found its way to the current version that viewers see when they go to the link, “The Hmong community in Fresno is mourning after a mass shooting killed 4 of its men.” Though we appreciate that the headline of the article was quickly changed, we want to continue to engage CNN to address the article’s impact on our communities and to develop strategies on how to avoid such a dehumanizing headline in the future.