U.S. Acts Decisively to Protect Asian Americans—But Drags Its Feet on Protecting Black Americans

Claire Jean Kim, UCI professor of political science and Asian American studies writes, “In May, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. … To understand the full import of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, we need to grasp not only what it says explicitly, but also the unspoken message it conveys. The unspoken message is that Asian American lives matter more than Black lives, and that the U.S government cares more about Asian Americans than it does about Black people. … In fact, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is part of a long historical pattern of the U.S. state favoring Asian Americans over Black people.”