Senate advances bill to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937) will soon come to the Senate floor following an overwhelming, bipartisan 92-6 vote in favor of advancing it. Introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill would strengthen federal efforts to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans in several ways: designate a Department of Justice employee to expedite the review of COVID-19 hate crimes, provide guidance for state and local officials for online reporting of such crimes, and require the department to issue guidance to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the pandemic.

Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 incidents from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The organization estimates that these are only a fraction of the actual incidents that occurred, which included physical assault, verbal harassment, online harassment, and civil rights violations such as refusal of service and workplace discrimination. Elderly Asian Americans have been knocked to the ground and pummeled. Some citizens have been spat on. A woman in Marietta, Ga. was confronted in a pharmacy by someone who sprayed her with Lysol and yelled “You’re the infection! Go home! We don’t want you here!”

In our current climate, words can easily incite violent—even deadly—acts. Such xenophobia must be condemned, especially during this unprecedented public health crisis. We must stand together to affirm that these words and actions do not represent who we are.

Email your senators and representative and tell them to support the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

27 responses to “Senate advances bill to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans

  1. Black Lives Matter. It is time to do the right thing!!! Support the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act !!!

    1. Esther, Black Lives Matter is a hate group. Read their website. They are part of the problem in America. This bill is to protect Asians from Hate Crimes. Asians in this country didn’t cause the corona virus. They deserve protection. They are Americans!

    2. I loved America because most were trying for total equality BUT after trump beat the bushes and got more racists and violent folks out I am embarrassed. I have 3 Korean nieces! That do not need to be beaten uo

  2. When people of all races – especially Black, Asian, Latinex are treated equally and respectfully then we will have a wonderful country.

  3. I can’t beleve this has happened. WHY? Prez Trump & China bashing with the Corona virus. Geez. Stop the Hate.

  4. We need all races in this country. A nation’s strength is in acceptance and nurturing of its diversity. This is necessary for creativity and further growth. More diversity=more creative ideas and inventiveness.

  5. As a VOTING USAPS retired GBAPS teacher, my VOTING husband and I have 3 generations of Asian-Americans in our immediate family. Except for our 2 great-grandkids they have experienced ASIAN-AMIERICAN HATE!
    NOW is the time to stop this by law.

  6. The Asians I personally know are wonderful and full of love. I am happy they have welcomed me with open arms. We should not disrespect someone just because they look a little different than us. That goes for all ethic groups regardless of color, religious beliefs, ethnicity. Everyone deserves the right to be who they are without being condemned.

  7. I am puzzled why even 6 senators would vote against a Hate Crime Bill?!?!?! Are their own hearts filled with such fear and hate they would deny any other human being the right to live without fear of being bullied, discriminated against or even killed because of their race, ethnicity?

    1. Are they Republicans? Of course they are, they are born with hate, the rest of the Congress feels the same way only too political to show it openly…

  8. The lives of everyone who suffers targeted racial, ethnic, and xenophobic hatred must matter. As such, when they no longer suffer, only then we can claim that “all lives matter.”

  9. Yes, ALL LIVES MATTER. EVERYONE needs not only to say and believe that, but most importantly act that way. We have a ways to go on making this reality.

        1. Some people do blame “whites” but that’s generalizing, which is wrong, and happens to all people. It is just that the majority in power for so long still have been Caucasian people. There is more diversity these days across racial, ethnic, sexual preference lines than ever before. I am thankful for that. As we all know though, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

          Furthermore, the majority of people who land on this page are people who already care and by and large are on the “same page” (pun intended). We need to continue to expand our reach and love beyond this screen.

          “Where is the Love?” ~ song by the Black Eyed Peas

  10. It is time for EVERYONE to understand that ALL LIVES MATTER. When everyone can say and believe that THEN AND ONLY THEN can we begin to change our world.

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