Beginning in 2015, attacks on minorities rose in proportion to the rhetoric spilling from then-candidate Donald Trump’s mouth. They escalated even further when he began to cry foul, suggesting that the results of the 2020 election were tampered with, and he had actually won. Of course, none of that was true — but it had real life consequences for those of us who look or think differently than the masses. Are hate crimes falling now that Biden is in office?
It’s probably too soon to tell.
We’re not even three months into Biden’s term, and there aren’t many statistics related to hate crimes available for public consumption. Most of the attention is on Asian American hate right now — and most of that hate is the result of Trump’s anti-Asian rhetoric over the past 12 months.
Biden has gone on record stating that the anti-Asian sentiments must stop: “Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones at stake. They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated, and harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed… The conversation we had today with the AAPI leaders, and that we’re hearing all across the country, is that hate and violence often hide in plain sight.”
He added, “And it’s often with silence. That’s been true throughout our history, but that has to change — because our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit. We have to speak out. We have to act.”
The Equality Act passed through the House of Representatives barely a month ago, but has gone nowhere in the Senate — in part because legislators are focusing on infrastructure law, which probably won’t pass in its current form either. Stalemates in the Senate don’t occur just because of Republicans. Moderate Democrats are stalling negotiations as well.
Biden has acted to reinstate a mandate to protect Asian Americans from bias and hate, fund programs to fight domestic violence and sexual assault, establish aCOVID-19 task force to address equity concerns, and establish an initiative to address violence against Asian Americans. That’s all well and good, but where are the protections for everyone else? Other minorities have suffered blame for the last six years as well — simply for “being.”
If you’ve ever been the victim of a hate crime, you know the feelings of vulnerability that result. The floodgates open to unleash a cataclysm of anger and depression for those people who would do nothing to help.
The best most of us can do is seek financial compensation by hiring a personal injury attorney (https://koonz.com/). But even then, minority individuals are less likely to acquire a positive outcome when compared to prominent Caucasian figures in this country. The bias runs very deep, even within our own court system.