Should Congress condemn anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19?
• "Our country’s AAPI community has experienced escalating verbal attacks and physical violence since the coronavirus pandemic began, including the devastating killings… in Atlanta. We must reject all forms of xenophobia and address the harm to our AAPI communities. Passing this resolution would send a clear message, that hate, bigotry, and anti-Asian sentiment have no place in our country." Source: Senator Mazie Hirono (Democrat, Hawaii)
This resolution condemns all anti-Asian sentiment especially related to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the increase in hate crimes toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, it calls on federal officials to document and report all reports of AAPI hate crimes, harassments, bullying, and threats. Those convicted of these crimes will be held accountable through investigation and prosecution. The Attorney General will also work with state and local offices and AAPI groups to prevent discrimination and educate the public on reporting hate crimes. The Department of Health and Human Services will publish appropriate language to lessen the use of racially discriminatory phrases when describing the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution recommits the United States as a world leader in diversity and calls for continued inclusivity and combating misinformation toward the AAPI community. Sponsor: Representative Grace Meng (Democrat, New York, District 6)
- Meng Reintroduces Resolution to Denounce Anti-Asian Hate Related to COVID-19 (Press Release)
- Senate passes anti-Asian hate crimes bill (The Hill)
- Asian-Americans were targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year. (New York Times)
- How Asian-American Leaders Say the Biden Administration Can Address Hate (NPR)