CNN correspondent Amara Walker held back tears as she reported live from Atlanta after President BidenJoe Biden Russia, China Tensions Increase With White House New Challenges Emerge For Biden After Strong Start Feinstein Opens Door To Support Obstruction Reform MORESpeech condemning the spike in violence against Asian Americans in the past year.
Walker, who is Korean-American, said after Biden’s speech, in which he called to americans to unite against hate and racism in the US, that she “cannot overstate how much it means to the Asian American community” that Biden and Vice President Harris visit Atlanta and meet with local leaders after the shooting Tuesday in area massage parlors.
Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed in the attack. While police have yet to identify a motive, Biden and others have noted that the incident followed an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic.
“For the president to come and say, ‘I see you, I hear you, I feel your pain,'” Li said on Friday before pausing when she began to feel visibly choked, “and to raise this issue, I think of us, is a cathartic moment, because the first step is to be seen and to be heard. “
“And the fact that the vice president also acknowledges the history of racism against Asians that we have faced since the day that Chinese immigrants began to immigrate to the United States,” Walker added, referring to Harris’ own comments before the speech. Biden on Friday. .
“This is really a time for Asian Americans,” he says. @AmaraCNN on the president and vice president’s trip to Atlanta.
“… Come and say ‘I see you, I hear you, I feel your pain’ … it is a cathartic moment, because the first step is to be seen and to be heard.” pic.twitter.com/bIX2tJB6EA
– The situation room (@CNNSitRoom) March 19, 2021
The CNN reporter reiterated Harris’s comment that Asian Americans feel they don’t belong to the US, adding: “When you’re a foreigner in your own country, they dehumanize you, they don’t take you seriously.”
“If there is a crime committed against you or your community, even the police might dismiss it because the perpetrator was simply having a bad day,” referring to controversial comments made this week by an Atlanta police spokesman who was then removed from the shooting case.
Walker addressed this police officer’s comment minutes later on the broadcast, saying that the characterization of the shooter prompted a “gut” response from many Asian Americans.
“That’s because for so long, Asian Americans have felt they haven’t been taken seriously, they haven’t seen them,” he said.
“I grew up in a community where we were probably the only Asian family on our street,” Walker said. “I remember cars passing by, hearing racial insults. I remember my father’s car, our family’s car, was vandalized a couple of times and once someone had thrown a hammer at the window. ”
She added that she and her family members have been called the “China virus,” a term that President TrumpDonald Trump The Illinois House passes a resolution condemning the state representative. for ‘supporting the insurgents’ Florida Democrats call for redo elections after former state senator allegedly rigged race Biden and Harris discussed voting rights with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta MORE used repeatedly to describe COVID-19, or said “go back to your country.”
“This is our experience. This is our reality, ”he said.
Walker’s comments came on the same day that Fox Business reporter Susan Li shared his own personal encounters with racism, including cases where people have passed her and her family members yelling “viruses” at them.
“It is something that must stop. Someone has to defend us, ”Li said. “Hopefully something coming from the White House and also maybe something from Congress on complaints and more policing would be great.”