Biden and Harris Condemn Violence Against Asian-Americans


“I said from the beginning of my campaign for president that we needed to come together, that we needed to unite as one people, one nation, one America. 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 at stake. They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted and physically assaulted, killed. The conversation we had today with the A.A.P.I. leaders, and that we’re hearing all across the country, is that hate and violence often hide in plain sight. It’s often met with silence. That’s been true throughout our history. But that has to change. Because our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit. We have to speak out. We have to act.” “Racism is real in America, and it has always been. Xenophobia is real in America, and always has been. Sexism, too. For the last year, we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating, scapegoating, Asian-Americans, people with the biggest pulpits spreading this kind of hate. Ultimately, this is about who we are as a nation. This is about how we treat people with dignity and respect.”

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