World On Anti-Asian Hate, Frustration Builds on Biden's Slow Response

04:16  17 april  2021
04:16  17 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday laid out plans to address rising racism against Asian -Americans, increasing accessibility to hate crime data, requiring new training for local police and establishing Quelling an increase in racist acts, including violent attacks against Asian -Americans and Pacific Islanders, has been one of the early challenges of Mr. Biden ’ s presidency. In his first week in office, he condemned the xenophobia against Asian -Americans and Pacific Islanders and directed the Health and Human Services and Justice Departments to develop ways to combat racist actions.

Hate crimes against people of East Asian descent have risen during the Covid-19 pandemic, and racism has been an "ugly poison that has long haunted and plagued our nation," one that Americans must work to extinguish, Mr Biden said. Mr Biden also urged Congress to pass the coronavirus-related hate crimes bill introduced earlier this month by two Asian -American lawmakers. The Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act would bolster Justice Department efforts to combat such acts. The bill would "expedite the federal government' s response to the rise of hate crimes exacerbated during the pandemic

Amid a growing wave of anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes, President Joe Biden has faced backlash from some in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community over what's been seen as a slow effort to bring AAPI voices into the White House.

Joe Biden et al. sitting around a living room: US President Joe Biden (centre R) and Vice President Kamala Harris (L) meet with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2021. © JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden (centre R) and Vice President Kamala Harris (L) meet with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2021.

"How sad it is that it takes these deaths and attacks to bring attention to long-standing concerns of the AAPI community?" Curtis S. Chin, former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told Newsweek. "It's not just an American reckoning over a heritage of injustice and mistreatment of minority communities, but also a reckoning for the Biden presidency, early on, over perceived slights and misjudgments by the new administration of an AAPI community that is no longer willing to remain silent."

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"As President Biden said during his first prime time address, anti - Asian violence and xenophobia is wrong, it's un-American, and it must stop." Hirono, who is of Japanese descent, recently joined Democratic Senate colleague Tammy Duckworth of Illinois in calling on Biden to appoint more Asian Americans to his Cabinet. The two had previously threatened to vote no on any non-diverse nominee that came to the Senate, but last week changed their position based on Biden ' s pledge to add a senior liaison to the community in exchange for their votes.

President Joe Biden condemned the violence Asian Americans have endured throughout the coronavirus pandemic in his first national prime-time address Thursday night. Biden , whose speech marked one year after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, said that "too Lawmakers announced Thursday that they would build on the executive action, reintroducing a bill that would boost support for law enforcement agencies to address hate crimes related to the pandemic. "We've seen the horrifying consequences of racist language as AAPI communities across our country

Biden has repeatedly condemned attacks on members of the AAPI community, but the perceived slights started as Biden took office on January 20 the first president in two decades—Republican or Democrat—without an Asian American nominated to one of the 15 top cabinet secretary posts, creating a sense of distrust.

"I think there are still a lot of questions within the AAPI community who worked so hard to deliver Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and other states to Joe Biden," Varun Nikore, executive director of the AAPI Action Alliance, a progressive group that advocates for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, told Newsweek. "What did we work so hard for? We're happy that there've been several key AAPIs named in other areas, but it's sort of glaring to us that we didn't get the true recognition that we deserved politically."

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President Joe Biden has deplored a surge in anti - Asian violence in the United States after a deadly shooting rampage in Georgia which killed eight. Key points: Joe Biden called on politicians to pass a COVID-19 hate crimes bill that would expand a review of hate crimes exacerbated by the pandemic. Vice-President Kamala Harris tied the killings to the long history of racism in the US and likened it to the targeting of Muslims after the September 11 attacks. A 21-year-old man has been charged with the alleged murders at three spas in and around Atlanta. Mr Biden called for Americans to stand together

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The 15 Secretary appointees are now all Senate confirmed, so there will be no opportunity to appoint an Asian American for one of those posts unless someone is fired or resigns.

But Biden this week created a new, senior-level post in the West Wing that will serve as an outreach director to the AAPI community. The White House announcement of Erika Moritsugu's hire said "she will be a vital voice to advance the President and the administration's priorities."

"It's a positive step forward, but a lot of this is coming, sadly, very late," Chin said.

The AAPI liaison role came about amid mounting pressure from Democratic Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who threatened to block confirmation of key Biden appointees.

"The fact we were forced to get to that level is very concerning," Nikore said.

Hirono and Duckworth, who both took part in a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus meeting with Biden this week, were unavailable to comment Friday for this story.

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"I do want to give them credit that they reacted to the situation with Senator Duckworth very quickly," Nikore said.

But deep concerns remain about Biden's commitment to the AAPI community, which is facing immense struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic and was taunted by Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, who frequently referred to COVID-19 under racist monikers including "China virus" and "Kung Flu."

"Ultimately, Biden made a decision to exclude an Asian American from those top cabinet secretary positions," Chin said. "It's a political decision—which constituencies do you need to take care of?"

Representative Judy Chu, a California Democrat who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, told Newsweek she found this week's White House meeting productive and she's optimistic about the White House's new AAPI liaison.

"I do not hesitate in saying that I was disappointed in the lack of AAPI representation on the cabinet, but I want to give credit where it's due," she said. "This will help us greatly."

Chu tried for a year to get a meeting with the Trump administration's Department of Justice to discuss hate crimes against Asian Americans, to no avail.

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"It was very difficult to get attention to this issue with a president who was actively inflaming it," she said.

Shortly after taking office, Biden signed an executive order condemning racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and directing his administration to look for ways to explore ways to discourage discrimination. Last month, after eight people were gunned down in three Atlanta-area spas, he issued another order further attempting to address anti-Asian bias that has manifested in violent random attacks.

"Documented incidents against—of hate against Asian Americans have seen a skyrocketing spike over the last year, let alone the ones that happened and never get reported," Biden said during a prepared speech in Atlanta days after the shooting. He then quickly shifted his speech's focus to coronavirus recovery efforts and the successful package of a relief package he had championed.

Chin noted the White House in its announcement of Moritsugu's hire described the role as someone who will share Biden's priorities with the community. He questioned why the description didn't focus on the inverse—sharing AAPI concerns with the Biden administration.

"We want a White House that listens, that doesn't just talk to us," he said. "It's early on, but very clear the reckoning is still happening for this White House based on a misstep from the very beginning."

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Nikore predicted there will be "ramifications" if the Biden administration is only paying lip service to the AAPI community.

"Patience will run thin if we don't see meaningful actions come through," he said.

Noting that May is AAPI Heritage Month, Nikore said the Biden administration will be under scrutiny in the next 30 days.

"We're looking not only for symbolic gestures of support but meaningful actions that the administration can propose," he said.

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