Asian Americans took to social media to applaud President Joe Biden’s condemnation of racist attacks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.
Biden called for an end to “vicious hate criminal offenses versus Asian Americans who have actually been assaulted, pestered, blamed and scapegoated” over the past year during his prime-time address on Thursday night. The president stated that Asian Americans had actually been targeted and required to “fear for their lives simply walking down streets in America,” a phenomenon that he stated was “un-American” and “need to stop.”
The plea triggered a torrent of mostly favorable responses on Twitter. Some, consisting of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), compared his remarks favorably to comments from former President Donald Trump, who regularly used terms like “the China infection” or “Kung Flu” when referring to the coronavirus in 2015.
” Thank you President Biden for your strong words to secure Americans of Asian descent, and for your executive order fighting hate criminal activities,” tweeted Lieu. “This remains in plain contrast to the former President who made racist remarks like ‘Kung Influenza’ that swollen prejudices versus Asian Americans.”
” It matters when our president condemns hatred and violence versus Asian Americans,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) tweeted. “Thank you President Biden for your strong words and moral management.”
” Biden just called out hate criminal offenses against Asian-Americans throughout #COVID throughout his prime-time television speech,” CBS correspondent Ramy Inocencio tweeted. “Thank you. Valued. In contrast to his predecessor who stired division and hate.”
” Thank you @POTUS #Biden Asian Americans we do reside in fear,” musician Elizabeth Chan tweeted. “I have used hats and masks and attempt to conceal. My hubby will not let me walk out alone with our kids. My life is not the very same. This is my daughter today at school. Alone. Life shouldn’t resemble this.”
” Thank you President Joe Biden for calling attention to anti-Asian violence & hate that has emerged from racist scapegoating of Asians for Covid-19,” former federal district attorney and CNN legal analyst Shanlon Wu tweeted. “This is how a genuine President acts when Americans are victimized and incorrectly scapegoated on account of race.”
While a lot of described Biden’s remarks positively, other took a various stance. Some conservatives insisted that claims of racist attacks versus Asian Americans are a “conspiracy theory,” in spite of more than 3,000 attacks on members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities being reported considering that the pandemic begun in 2015.
One white commentator claimed, without proof, that Black “career wrongdoers” were responsible for the attacks referenced by the president.
” Biden duplicates the #BlueAnon conspiracy theory that assaults on Asians are due to people blaming them for Covid (because of Trump),” conservative writer Deborah Heine tweeted. “‘ Vicious hate criminal activities against Asian Americans being scapegoated’ he says. The huge bulk of these criminal activities are devoted by black career wrongdoers.”
Another non-Asian conservative pressed back on Biden’s remarks by firmly insisting that no Asian Americans fear for their lives in the way that the president recommended.
A report launched earlier this month by the Center for the Research Study of Hate and Extremism at the University of California, San Bernardino found that although hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities fell by 7 percent overall in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, dislike crimes targeting Asian Americans skyrocketed by 149 percent during the very same time.
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