Anti-Asian hate crimes bill passess Senate 94-1

With very little opposition from Republicans, the Senate approved an anti-Asian hate crimes bill aimed at protecting Asians from a recent wave of violence by a vote of 94-1.

The bill requires the Justice Department to name an official to who will review coronavirus-related hate crimes and give state and local support to law enforcement to fight these crimes. It would also work to ban so-called discriminatory language surrounding the virus.

Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased 149% since the pandemic, which originated in China, began.

Many on the left blamed President Donald Trump’s labeling of the coronavirus the “China flu or “Wuhan flu” for the increase in anti-Asian crimes, saying the labels fueled bias and hate against Asians.

Bipartisan compromise led to more support for bill

The mildness of the bill led to bipartisan support for it, particularly when Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) worked together to compromise on some of the bill’s language.

Instead of requiring guidance on the “best practices to mitigate racially discriminatory language” to be released, the bill says only that guidance must be “aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Collins said it was good to work with Hirono and that she hoped Republicans would support the bill.

“In doing so, we can send an unmistakably strong signal that crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our country will not be tolerated,” she said.

Hirono said she no longer feels safe walking with headphones in because of the recent spate of hate crimes aimed at the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

“An attack on one group in our country is truly an attack on all of us,” she said.

Is a hate crimes bill needed?

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the only Republican to vote no on the bill. Some Republicans don’t believe hate crimes need any special designation and should just be prosecuted as crimes.

But many Republicans recognize the damage done by the pandemic and its early designation as the “China flu” and don’t wish to be characterized as failing to stand up for the rights of Asians.

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    1. Isn’t it true the virus started in China? Didn’t we call the Spanish flu the Spanish flu? As far as Harono she’s always divisive so screw her

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    1. I was going to say the same thing. Everything to the left is racist. They have caused so much hate between black and white, police, and the population. The majority are for police and the job they do. They back them up. Now, the police have had their hands tied behind their backs in democratic cities. They send them to riots and they have to “stand down” and watch the rioters tear up and burn businesses after they break the windows and loot the merchandise. They have to stand and allow the rioters to get in their face even putting robe lights in their eyes and they are to stand and do nothing. Those doing the riots and burning are not prosecuted for their crimes. Our new democratic America. I imagine instead of people coming here in droves Americans will be leaving in droves.

  2. If you have an Opinion — ANY OPINION — Before you OPEN YOUR BRAIN; Post it on-line, to show your Stupidity. In that way the Majority of us who can THINK. at least a little, can evaluate what you say and property dispose of it. i.e.; TRASH BIN !!!

  3. If only the News would Stop pushing their propaganda News.. none of these things would be an issue… it’s just about controling the Population..anyway they can ..Wake up People Wake Up..

  4. I will never again use the word “democratic” to denote any person, actions, or thoughts regarding the left side of the political spectrum. The term is a falsehood when referring to them. I use instead the proper noun “Democrat” so as not to conflate the two.

  5. I’m truly surprised. I thought Democrats would surely approve of anti-Asian hate crimes by BLM and Antifa just as they approve of anti-white hate crimes by BLM and Antifa.

  6. There are a lot of people in the USA who decide to attack other people for no reason at all. When they do, they need to be arrested.

  7. Why are the blacks not in the same bill ? Talk about the public discrimination what about the goverment. Sound a like do as I say not as I do

  8. Another false flag moment.
    How about just enforce existing laws…?
    When are “They” going to go after Coco-Puffs , or Fat Albert , or some other fictitious character. The more laws like these, the further we get from calling something what it is… Go after criminals for doing criminal acts. Leave speech alone !

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