CNN’s Amara Walker turned visibly emotional throughout an on-air phase on Friday as she responded to President Joe Biden’s rebuke of anti-Asian racism.
Biden condemned the “skyrocketing spike” in hate crimes in opposition to Asian Americans in the course of the coronavirus pandemic in a speech in Atlanta, the place six ladies of Asian descent have been among the many eight folks killed in a gunman’s assault on therapeutic massage parlors.
“They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed,” stated Biden. “It’s been a year of living in fear for their lives.”
Walker, showing on the “The Situation Room,” stated she couldn’t overstate the significance of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressing and acknowledging the ache of the Asian American group that has “felt invisible for so long.”
“For the president to come and say, ‘I see you, I hear you, I feel your pain,’ to elevate this issue, I think a lot of us, it’s a cathartic moment, because the first step is to be seen and to be heard,” she stated.
Walker referred to as out ex-President Donald Trump and his administration’s “flippant use” of racist slurs like “Kung Flu” and the “China virus” to explain COVID-19, noting the “huge difference” in tone with the Biden White House.
“I feel like a lot of the Asian community is breathing a sigh of relief for that one simple step of being seen and being acknowledged,” she stated.
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