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The recent string of attacks against elderly Asian Americans in northern California has sparked national outrage and warnings from civil rights groups that such violence will only intensify in the upcoming months if President Joe Biden’s Justice Department does not act immediately.

It’s a serious problem nationwide beyond the San Francisco Bay area too, one that some blame on former President Donald Trump because of his racist rhetoric describing COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Kung Flu.’ 

Incidents of COVID-related hate crimes against Asian Americans have not dissipated even though Trump is out of the White House. Over the last month, one of the attacks against Asian Americans included the fatal assault of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee, an immigrant from Thailand, who was violently shoved to the cement ground and later died in San Francisco. 

Merrick Garland, Biden’s nominee to serve as attorney general, hasn’t said anything publicly on this specific issue — yet. It didn’t come up during day 1 of Garland’s Senate confirmation hearings on Monday, though the federal appellate court judge did speak more generally about confronting racial discrimination and enforcing civil rights laws.

“That mission remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice,” Garland said. “Communities of …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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