Biden to address hate-filled violence in September summit
By Gilda Balan, Correspondent
In the past year, such violent incidents have been aimed at Asian Americans, FilAms included. California is the first US state to address the issue when it recently launched its Stop Asian Hate campaign.
The Biden address will highlight his administration’s actions to reduce violence, the White House said last week.
The Sept. 15 summit – tagged “United We Stand,” will bring together various groups that have a stake in safeguarding US democracy. This includes civil rights groups, faith leaders, and government officials.
The keynote address will be delivered by the President, who is expected to share his vision of a more united America, said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
The surge in attacks against Asians and Asian Americans, including FilAms, was noted as far back as a year ago, and has been blamed on misplaced reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had its beginnings in Asia, specifically China.
Said Jean-Pierre: “Even as our nation has endured a disturbing series of hate-fueled attacks, from Oak Creek to Pittsburg, from El Paso to Poway, from Atlanta to Buffalo, Americans remain overwhelmingly united in their opposition to such violence.”
Biden recently scored major legislative victories, including a gun safety law which he signed in June.
The September summit is seen to recognize the wrong direction being taken by a small portion of the US population who appear to reject the “melting pot” culture that made America great.
The attacks against Asian Americans is reminiscent of the Nazi Germany-sanctioned violence against Jews in the years leading to World War ll, and the open but unofficial policy to exterminate Native Americans by the European settlers during the formative years of the United States of America.
African Americans were also the victims of lynchings, cross burnings on their properties, and state laws that deprived them of their basic civil rights as recently as the 1950s and 60s.