Harris 'united' with Asian Americans against hate

Vice President Kamala Harris told members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus the Biden administration stands is committed to combatting hate crimes against Asian-Americans. (May 11)

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KAMALA HARRIS: Far too often, I think we all know, at least at this table, the AAA and NHPI communities have been overlooked and under-recognized in our nation. That was true when Chinese-Americans laid down the tracks for the transcontinental railroad, while many were prohibited from owning property. I know this history in my home state of California and beyond.

We see how Asian small businesses, Asian-American small businesses, have been hard-hit recently, in particular because of the COVID virus and what it has done in terms of our economy. We have seen how Asian-American women have been struggling with their unemployment, many of whom have been front line workers. We have seen how Asian-Americans, people in our country, have been targeted by vicious expressions of hate. So much so, that 6,600 cases of hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been reported in just this last year. Two and three by women.

So let me be clear, a harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us. And we will stand united in fighting against these injustices. And I want to say to every Asian-American, every native Hawaiian, every Pacific Islander, our administration sees you, cares about you, and you will never be alone.