Biden visits Atlanta, condemns violence against Asian-Americans

US President Joe Biden denounced the scourge of violence against Asian-Americans, telling a community plunged into grief after last week’s Atlanta murders that the nation must not be complicit in the face of racism and xenophobia.

After meeting with leaders of Georgia’s Asian-American community, Biden delivered a brief speech at Atlanta’s Emory University and said he told the leaders that hate and violence have been “often met with silence” in the United States.

He added, “But that has to change because our silence is complicity…We have to speak out, we have to act.”

He called on Americans to “combat this resurgence of xenophobia.”

And in an apparent rebuke of former president Trump without mentioning his name, Biden said Americans are “learning again what we’ve always known: Words have consequences. It’s the coronavirus, full stop.”

Biden noted that attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been “skyrocketing.”

After meeting with leaders of Georgia’s Asian-American community, Biden delivered a brief speech at Atlanta’s Emory University and said he told the leaders that hate and violence have been “often met with silence” in the United States.

He added, “But that has to change because our silence is complicity…We have to speak out, we have to act.”

He called on Americans to “combat this resurgence of xenophobia.”

And in an apparent rebuke of former president Trump without mentioning his name, Biden said Americans are “learning again what we’ve always known: Words have consequences. It’s the coronavirus, full stop.”

Biden noted that attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been “skyrocketing.”

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