US President Joe Biden said Friday that hate crimes against Asian Americans “have skyrocketed” since the COVID-19 pandemic began and has called for “united” against racism, “the ugly poison” that “has plagued” the American nation.
“Too many Asian Americans have been walking the streets and worrying, waking up each morning feeling that their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake,” has censured Biden, who has condemned this increase in an intervention from Emory University in Atlanta, where he has traveled as a result of shooting that left eight dead on Tuesday.
Biden, who met with leaders of the Asian American community in Georgia on Friday, lamented that members of this community “have been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed; they have been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, murdered“.
“The documented incidents of hatred against the Americans of Asian origin have experienced a vertiginous increase during the last year,” said the president, who specified that “many others happened and were never reported.”
Asian American women have suffered “twice as many incidents of harassment and violence“, has influenced Biden, to underline that it is” learning what has always been known “, that” words have consequences “, in reference to the words of his predecessor in office, Donald Trump, whose statements of naming the coronavirus “virus de Wuhan“or other things that they related it to the Asian community They have been identified as a reason for the increase in threats against these people.
“Violence is often hidden in plain sight and meets silence,” the president also pointed out, criticizing that this has been the case throughout the history of the United States, but “this has to change,” because “our silence is our complicity“.
In this sense, he recalled that in his first week in office, he signed an executive order that ordered federal agencies “to combat this resurgence of xenophobia.” “The Department of Justice is strengthening its partnership with the Asian American community to prevent these crimes, in addition to its other work to address violent extremism and domestic terrorism “, has added.
Likewise, he has called on Congress to approve the Hate Crimes Law during COVID-19 – which would accelerate the Government’s response – and has indicated that the House of Representatives has just given the green light to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Law.
“But for all the good laws can do, we have to change our hearts. Hate cannot have a safe harbor in America. It must stop. And it depends on all of us, all together, to make it stop “, he has sentenced.
For her part, the vice president, Kamala Harris, has regretted that “Racism is real in America, and it always has been“, and has continued saying that just like” xenophobia is also real and always has been, sexism too. ”
Harris thus condemned this “heinous act of violence” and stressed that “whatever the motive of the murderer, the facts are clear”: “Six of the eight people killed Tuesday night were of Asian descent.. Seven were women. The shootings took place at a business owned by Asian Americans. The shootings occurred as violent hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans increased dramatically over the past year. ”
Eight people, six of them Asian women – at least four of South Korean origin – died in the attacks on Tuesday and within an hour. Authorities have indicated that the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, has told investigators that had a sexual addiction and he saw business as a temptation that he needed to eliminate.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.