“It’s the coronavirus, full stop”: Biden condemns "hate against Asian Americans”

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Mar 20th, 2021 1:58 pm

Last Updated Mar 22nd, 2021 at 9:50 am

President Joe Biden spoke on "hate against Asian Americans," at a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday.

"[T]oo many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year, feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake. They've been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed. They've been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed."

Biden said "documented incidents of hate against Americans have seen a skyrocketing spike over last year," adding that "Asian American women suffer twice as many incidents of harassment and violence as Asian-American men."

"We're learning again, what we've always known: words have consequences. It's the 'coronavirus.' Full stop. The conversation we had today with the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) leaders and that we're hearing all across the country is that hate and violence often hide in plain sight. It's often met with silence that's been throughout our history, but that has to change because our silence is complicity."

Biden described various political actions being taken to "combat this resurgence of xenophobia," including the "COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act" and the re-authorization of the "Violence Against Women Act."

"But for all the good the laws can do, we have to change our hearts. Hate can have no safe harbor in America. It must stop. It's on all of us, all of us together to make it stop.

"If we remember, 'do justice, love mercy, walk humbly' [Micah 6:8] as fellow human beings, as fellow Americans ... there's nothing, not a single thing, we cannot do if it we do it together."


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