Hate Crimes In America
Proverbs 31:8 Open thy mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
It is common to see the "hate crimes" in America when it comes to African Americans killed by law enforcement agencies across our country. It is also common to see reports on the news of the unfair and cruel way immigrants and refugees are treated as they enter into our country both with legal documentation and with no documentation. Since Covid-19 now we are seeing hate crimes towards Asian. It is not fair, it is not necessary and it is not acceptable.
I should not be surprised that African Americans who have experienced the pain of hate crimes in our country, just because of the color of skin, would commit these senseless hate crimes toward Asian Americans. It just does not make sense. Instead of hurting or hating our fellow Americans we should be embracing them and standing with them for changes in our communities where all people are treated with respect.
It is with great regret in my heart that another set of minority children in our communities are now experiencing high trauma, due the "hate" crimes committed against their their mothers and fathers and grand parents. It is time to stop this nonsence.
Robert Aaron Long, the killer of Asians in Atlanta at the message parlor has been arrested. He is charged with eight counts of murder, split evenly between the shootings in Cherokee County and the shootings in Atlanta, and one count of aggravated assault in Cherokee County. According the the later agency he confessed to the killings while in custody.
According to USA Today, May 11, 2021, Christal Hayes, reports that the suspect in a string fatal shootings in Atlanta area message parlors was indicted on domestic terror and murder charges and prosecutors signaled they will also seek hate crime charges. The indictment charges Long with one count of domestic terrorism, four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to an article on IBT, by Sami Khan, the shocking incident in Midtown Manhattan where a 65 year old Asian Woman was attacked by an unidentified African American man gave a brutal reality check to the rising hate crimes against Asian American. The attack which was caught on camera, showed the elderly Filipina woman repeatedly kicked in her head. The NY PD even launched a manhunt for the suspect. I agree with this present administration that said, "We can't be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans.
Many such crimes were spiked after the COVID-19 pandemic where a faction of people blamed the Chinese people for the spread of the virus.
According to Jennifer Ho, University of Colorado Boulder in "The Conversation", white supremacy is the root of all race-related violence in the US. She mentions black people are also attacking Asian American, but White people are the main perpetrators of anti-Asian racism. She mentioned that White supremacy is an ideology, a pattern of values and beliefs that are ingrained in nearly every system and institution in the U.S. It is a belief that to be white is to be and invested with inalienable universal rights and that to not-white means you are less than human - a disposable object for others to abuse and misuse.
During the pandemic, "yellow peril" rhetoric that blamed China for COVID-19 led to a 150% rise in anti-Asian harassment incidents reported to police in 2020. In particular, East Asian American or anyone who appeared to be of East Asian heritage or descent became targets for the misplaced anger of people or those they thought looked Chinese, even if they were of other ethnic backgrounds, like Japenese, Taiwanese, Korean, Burmese, Thai or Filipino.
What is the solution? Stop the White Supremacy mind-set. Stop the yellow peril rhetoric. Lets begin to appreciate all of our fellow Americans by embracing the fact we are all fellow-citizens or residents of the country.