Biden decries COVID-related violence, racism against Asian Americans

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Long is charged with eight murder counts and aggravated assault in connection with the fatal shootings of eight people at three Atlanta-area spas. Long asked that he pray for him at least a couple of times, Bayless said, but never imposed his beliefs on others.

Georgia lawmakers a year ago passed a hate crimes law that allows additional penalties to be imposed for certain offenses when motivated by a victim's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or disability. "You get to a point where you get exhausted of climbing up and down ladders", John Michels said. "It's a sentence enhancer", said Pete Skandalakis, a former prosecutor and executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia. Six out of the eight victims were women of Asian descent.

Sgt. Steve Addison, a Vancouver police spokesman, said in an email that police do not have the ability to recommend hate crimes charges under the Criminal Code. Locally, more than half - 24 - consisted of verbal harassment and name-calling. The bodies and perceived submissiveness of Asian women were eroticized and hypersexualized, Kim said, and eventually these racist stereotypes were brought back to the United States.

Before they met with Asian-American leaders, Biden and Harris received a coronavirus update at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where they thanked health officials for their effort fighting the pandemic. Federal statutes require prosecutors to prove that the victims were targeted because of specific factors, like race, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation, or the suspect infringed on a federally or constitutionally protected activity. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday.

In Georgia, the minimum sentence for murder is life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole after 30 years. "I was in shock at first of the news and just also how close it is to my community".

Institutional racism was blatant, as displayed in an 1854 California Supreme Court ruling that prohibited three Chinese men from testifying in the case of a White man accused of killing a Chinese man. The senseless violence against our Asian American community once again showing how broken we are. A representative for Willis did not respond to requests for comment. State Representative Pat Sweeney, a Republican, says he hopes it will pass next year.

"There's just no questioning - it's still extremely upsetting", Lee said.

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"To have them talk about it in this way, so publicly, and to say AAPI, or to note that our communities are going through hard times, is huge", Au said. "It's important for victims, and it's important for society".

"No one wants to be the last state standing without a hate crime law", said Swati Patel, interim CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Cathay Bank was founded in 1962 to support Los Angeles' growing Chinese American community. On the day of the attack, a report by Stop AAPI Hate was published, stating that hate crimes against people of Asian descent in the United States have increased and that women are affected more than average. "Many times Asian people are too silent, but times change", he said. "And people feel frustrated by that lack of visibility and that aspect being ignored".

Riko said that she appreciated UBC's statement but felt that the university could do more against anti-Asian racism. "I didn't grow up different", she said.

She also participated in protests last summer against racial injustice and police brutality.

Georgia passed its hate crime bill in June 2020, after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, sparked widespread outrage.

A 21-year-old white man from Woodstock was arrested shortly after the shootings.

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