Biden On Atlanta Shootings: Whatever The Motivation, Anti-Asian Hate Has To Stop, Our Silence Is Complicity

The Guardian reports:

“Whatever the motivation [for the shootings] we know this: too 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 stake. They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed,” Biden said.

Donald Trump and other Republican politicians repeatedly dubbed Covid-19 the “China virus”, and Biden said that language had contributed to a dramatic spike in anti-Asian violence over the past year. “We’re learning again we’ve always known, words have consequences. It’s the coronavirus, full stop,” Biden said.

“Hate and violence often hide in plain sight,” Biden said, yet that hate and violence is “often met with silence”.  That has to change, Biden said, because “our silence is complicity”.

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