In the United States, President Joe Biden has signed a law to tackle hate crimes against people of Asian descent.
Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, hatred and discrimination against the Asian community in the US has increased. “Hatred is an ugly poison that has long plagued and tormented our nation,” Biden said.
The hashtag #stopasianhate has been trending more than once in the past year. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, more and more people of Asian descent are reporting hatred and discrimination, both verbal and physical.
“The number of hate crimes against Asian Americans has reached a shocking peak in the past year,” US President Joe Biden writes on Twitter. “That is wrong and un-American. To all those who are in pain: we see you, and we want to stop hatred and prejudice.”
Biden signed the “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act”, a law to tackle hate crimes against people of Asian descent. For example, a new official at the US Department of Justice will ensure that hate crimes related to COVID-19 are dealt with more quickly. States and local governments will also receive grants to address the problem locally.