President Joe Biden’s administration released a detailed plan Tuesday outlining how it will prevent and respond to growing violence and racism against the Asian American community.
The announcement follows a string of high-profile attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including a mass shooting in Atlanta.
“Across our nation, an outpouring of grief and outrage continues at the horrific violence and xenophobia perpetrated against Asian American communities, especially Asian American women and girls,” the White House said Tuesday.
Planned actions include reinstating the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which crumbled under former President Donald Trump, and hiring a director for the program; building out the COVID-19 Equity Task Force committee to address xenophobia against AAPI people, which Trump fueled by repeatedly calling the coronavirus the “China virus” and other racist names; and allocating $49.5 million from the American Rescue Plan to serve AAPI survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. (HuffPost)