Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) participate in a press conference following the bipartisan Senate vote on the War Powers Resolution on Iran at the U.S. Capitol on February 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Additional witnesses consist of leaders of Asian American advocacy groups, such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. Likewise on the list are attorney Wencong Fa of the Pacific Legal Foundation and Charles Lehman of the Manhattan Institute, along with three university teachers.
The livestreamed hearing before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is slated to consist of testimony from several Asian American lawmakers, consisting of Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., the first Thai American lady chosen to Congress. The other legislators are Reps. Doris Matsui and Judy Chu of California, and Grace Meng of New York.
” There has been a long history of anti-Asian bigotry in the United States, particularly throughout times of social or economic unrest,” Nadler stated. “Unfortunately, given that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this bigotry has actually raised its unsightly head as soon as again.”
The 10 a.m. hearing will consider ways to avoid racially motivated attacks as it takes a look at both the historic and more current kinds of discrimination felt by Asian Americans, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a news release.
A bunch of Asian American leaders and activists on Thursday are poised to affirm before a Home panel on civil liberties about the increase in discrimination and violence against their communities in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks throughout a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment Inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2019.
Star and producer Daniel Dae Kim, best known for his roles on the smash-hit tv series “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” is also listed as a witness.
Kim has previously spoken out versus the growing issue of anti-Asian violence, blaming in part the incendiary rhetoric of previous President Donald Trump, who consistently referred to Covid as the “China infection” regardless of a barrage of criticism that such language is racially charged.
” There’s no question that his rhetoric, in my mind, had an effect, but there are a variety of political leaders who followed in those steps,” Kim told U.S.A. Today previously this month.
” To blame someone doesn’t do justice to the scenario. It’s actually about the disrespect that was revealed to a whole group of Americans,” he included that interview. “This is what I believe is crucial in all of this: You might have your issues with the Chinese government and you may even have issues with particular Chinese individuals, but individuals being assaulted are Americans in America who typically have no connection to China, and especially the Chinese federal government.”
Trump, because leaving office after one term, has actually continued to describe Covid-19 as the “China virus.”
Reported hate crimes versus Asian Americans have skyrocketed because the virus, which professionals believe originated in China’s main city of Wuhan, became a pandemic last March.
The advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate stated Tuesday that it got 3,795 reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in between March 19, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021.
The group stated in a news release that those reported events “represent just a fraction of the number of hate events that in fact take place, however it does demonstrate how susceptible Asian Americans are to discrimination, and the types of discrimination they deal with.”
Democrats including Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi have contacted Congress to pass legislation targeted at improving hate-crime reporting and to offer more assistance to victims.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have both spoken out about the rise in attacks on Asian Americans.
” Too often, we’ve turned versus one another,” Biden said recently in a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.
The president decried “vicious hate crimes versus Asian Americans, who have been assaulted, bugged, blamed, and scapegoated,” stating, “it’s incorrect, it’s un-American, and it should stop.”
Harris in mid-February pledged that the Biden administration would “continue to devote ourselves to combating racism and discrimination.”
Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 26 targeting xenophobia versus Asian Americans. Supporters praised the move, but kept that it is insufficient.
“This dark chapter in American history is a moment when accountability and action are required to cause justice and peace,” California’s Asian Pacific Islander Legal Caucus said.