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)
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.