Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned that Asian Americans, dealing with an increase in anti-Asian racism over the previous 12 months, have “the right to be recognized as Americans, not as the other.”
In a speech Wednesday for the digital Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Unity Summit, Harris denounced the rise in racist assaults on Asian Americans since early 2020, usually associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know this past year has been marked by pain … when we saw the targeting, when we saw the hate, when we saw the viciousness of it all,” mentioned Harris, who’s the primary Asian American and Black vice chairman. “As a member of this community, I share in that outrage and grief.”
Harris cited statistics from Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition of Asian American advocacy teams, which recorded some 6,600 studies of racist violence towards Asian Americans from March 2020 by March 2021. People reported being focused with racial slurs, spat on and bodily assaulted. Women made up nearly two-thirds of these reporting assaults.
“Asian Americans have the right to be recognized as Americans, not as the other. Not as ‘them,’ but as ‘us,’” Harris mentioned at Wednesday’s occasion, organized by the progressive AAPI Victory Alliance. “In America, a harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us.”
Harris touted President Joe Biden’s anticipated signing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation from Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) that may search to expedite the assessment of COVID-19-related hate crimes and enhance how individuals report such incidents. Some Asian American teams have raised considerations, nevertheless, that by zeroing in on hate crimes, the invoice does not address the root causes of anti-Asian racism and violence.
The vice chairman urged individuals to “turn that pain, that righteous anger” in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate “into power.”
Pointing to the a whole lot of payments nationwide that Republicans are pushing on the state stage to limit voting rights, together with voting by mail, Harris famous that Asian Americans disproportionately vote by mail-in-ballot.
“We must fight against those attacks,” Harris mentioned. “We must see these efforts for what they are … they are an attempt to suppress the right to vote.”
Harris then pushed for senators to cross the For The People Act, which was already handed by the Democratic-led House and would override Republicans’ voter restriction efforts, together with by mandating that states provide no-excuse absentee voting.
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