President Biden Signs COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

JCCI is proud to hear President Joe Biden signed New York Congresswoman Grace Meng and Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law today, which hopes to help combat the ongoing hate and violence toward Asian-Americans, and streamline the review process of racially motivated crimes.

“Most hate crimes and hate incidents are not being reported to the federal government at all and so we want to make sure, as with any health crisis… that we are having a more accurate and complete set of data to figure out how we can better target and address this problem,” Meng states during an interview with MSNBC.

The bill also aims to promote the teaching of Asian-American history. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Japanese incarceration camps, Meng sees very little is taught in schools throughout the region.

Racism and bigotry is no joke. Asian-Americans throughout the country have increasingly spoken out about their fear of being stigmatized, from simply walking outside to taking the subways, where they are more frightened of being a victim of hate than being diagnosed with COVID. As a mediator of U.S.-Japan relations in the greater NYC area, JCCI stands against hate, and we believe it is imperative to not judge and base our opinions on anyone for their race. Diversity is what defines the heart and soul of our organization, our city.

“Grief is universal, but so is hope,” President Biden said. “But so is love. We’re the United States of America, good and decent people, uniquely a product of a document, not an ethnicity, not a religion, a document…every time we’re silent, every time we let hate flourish, we make a lie of who we are as a nation. We cannot, let the very foundation of this country continue to be eaten away.”

If you believe you have been discriminated against, report it here http://nyc.gov/reportdiscrimination or by calling 212-416-0197. There is language support if needed.

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