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house Bill H. Res. 275

Should the House Condemn the March 16th Atlanta Spa Shootings & Reaffirm its Commitment to Combating Anti-AAPI Hate?

Argument in favor

Congress must condemn the March 16, 2021, Atlanta spa shootings which left six Asian women dead and the overall rise of anti-Asian hate crimes nationwide. Reaffirming the House’s commitment to combating anti-AAPI hate is an important step toward better protecting Asian-Americans at a time of rising violence against them.

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05/19/2021
Updated: Koolaiddrinker & friends, “Can’t prove white supremacy is a threat.”? You have your head up your asses. Did you watch the news on January 6th? “White supremacist terrorism has been a feature, not an outlier, of American life.” “Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas told senators on Wednesday that the greatest domestic threat facing the United States came from what they both called “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.” “Since 2018, White supremacists have conducted more lethal attacks in the US than any other domestic extremist movement, demonstrating a "longstanding intent" to target racial and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, politicians and those they believe promote multi-culturalism and globalization, according to the report.” The spa attack was yet another example. It needs to be condemned by all. No one is dismissing black on black crime, most especially the black community. Black-on-black crime" is a symptom of broader structural inequalities and systemic racism. The focus of this topic was the shootings at a spa involving Asian Americans. Hate crimes, especially by professed white nationalists have gone up in recent years at alarming rates. Our own intelligence agencies say that this is the main threat to Americans. The “yeah but”s about black on black crime are honestly projectionist & pathetic. Racism & hate grow on the same horrific tree. Saying one is okay because the other is worse doesn’t make the tree beautiful.
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05/19/2021
It is only a statement of principle for the record that a legislative body condemns anti-AAPI hate crimes - a reminder note to the collective consciousness that these crimes exist. This is a valuable statement of ethical principles which can guide and give a morality-based rationale for future actionable legislation. I do not oppose such statements so long as they ultimately lead to positive change, as I would hope this statement will do.
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05/16/2021
Sounds nice but should be paired with concrete steps to prevent this from happening again.
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Argument opposed

Symbolic resolutions are just that: symbolic. This resolution doesn’t do anything to address the root causes of anti-AAPI violence, such as racism, false claims that Chinese people spread the COVID-19 virus, and larger economic disruptions due to the pandemic. Rather than waste its time on this resolution, the House should focus its efforts on finding solutions to alleviate anti-Asian violence through policy.

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05/18/2021
Addendum below: Larubia, Black children in Chicago are being shot every weekend. What’s that black on black death count vs white supremacy death count? Racism is real but is it a threat in our everyday lives? If the goal is to save lives then the gov’t has their priorities backwards. I guess it’s not their priority so what is their goal??? They can’t prove white supremacy is a threat as much as they want us to believe so they have to twist any story where the shooter is white so the dems can continue with this big lie. There was no evidence of racial motivation. Let the case go to court and prove it. If it is then fine let them have this Bill it doesn’t do anything anyway other than vilify white people more and cause division, which our country needs more of..,right? If it isn’t proven then this entire symbolic gesture is truly a waste of time.
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05/18/2021
Is congress going to condemn every crime? No this is meaningless.
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05/19/2021
Can the House do anything useful? Or is their focus only ever on the inconsequential waste of time and tax payer money??
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What is House Bill H. Res. 275?

This resolution would condemn the acts of gun violence that led to the tragic loss of eight lives, including those of six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16, 2021. It would also reaffirm the House of Representatives’ commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if adopted.

Impact

Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); anti-AAPI hate; the House of Representatives; and the March 16, 2021 Atlanta area spa shootings.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 275

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair (CAPAC) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced this resolution to condemn the Atlanta, Georgia shootings which left eight people, including six women of Asian descent, dead. In a press release, Rep. Chu said:

“The horrific murders in Georgia this month, which claimed eight lives, six of whom were Asian women, shocked our nation. This was a hate crime, plain and simple. The murderer sought out and targeted Asian owned businesses and specifically, Asian women who are some of our most vulnerable. This mass shooting brought attention to the plague of anti-Asian violence. But this violence has long predated the murders in Georgia. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have reported over 3,800 hate crimes and incidents inspired by misinformation and xenophobic slurs like ‘Chinese virus’ and ‘Kung flu.’ That is why it is so important that all leaders speak out to reject bigotry and violence. “I’m grateful for the support from so many colleagues. Together, we can stop Asian hate.”

Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), sponsor of this bicameral resolution’s Senate companion, added:

“We must stand against AAPI hate and violence, full stop. I join my colleagues in the Senate and the House in mourning the lives lost in the recent horrific shooting in Atlanta, and condemning the irresponsible and cruel anti-Asian sentiments related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have caused a spike in anti-Asian violence. Let me be clear: hate, including hate that hurts and kills members of the Asian-American community, has no place in Georgia—or anywhere in our country.”

In a March 18, 2021 House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the rise of violence and discrimination against Asian-Americans, committee Republicans and their witnesses argued that the spike in crimes against Asian-Americans is part of a surge in violence in cities in general during the pandemic. In his opening remarks at the hearing, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of COVID-19 and expressed concerns that the hearing would be used to “venture into the policing of rhetoric in a free society, free speech, and away from the rule of law and taking out bad guys.”

This resolution has 116 Democratic House cosponsors. Its Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, has 34 Senate cosponsors, including 33 Democrats and one Independent. 


Of NoteOn the evening of March 16, 2021, 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long went on a shooting spree at three massage businesses in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Long killed four people at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County; three women at Gold Spa in Atlanta; and another woman at Aromatherapy Spa, across the street from Gold Spa. In total, Long killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent.

On May 11, 2021, Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis called Long’s crimes racially-motivated hate crimes and indicated her plans to seek the death penalty against him. In a news conference, Willis said she had reviewed Long’s statements to investigators and believed that seeking the death penalty and hate crime enhancements was appropriate. Additionally, grand jurors in Fulton County indicted Long on one count of domestic terrorism, saying that he had intended to “intimidate the civilian population” of Georgia through his actions.

Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 incidents of anti-Asian hate from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. In its report, Stop AAPI Hate reported incidents of verbal harassment (68.1% of incidents), shunning (20.5% of incidents), physical assault (11.1% of incidents), civil rights violations (85.% of incidents) such as workplace discrimination and refusal of service, and online harassment (6.8% of incidents).

According to another report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes against Asian people rose by 149% in the 16 largest U.S. cities. The sharpest increase was in New York City, where there were 28 hate crimes in 2020 versus three hate crimes in 2019. The initial spike in anti-Asian crimes occurred in March and April 2020, coinciding with a rise in COVID-19 cases and ongoing negative associations of Asian-Americans with the COVID-19 virus.


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(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Dwight Nadig)

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Condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the House of Representative's commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

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Condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the House of Representative's commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

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  • The house Passed May 19th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 245 Yea / 180 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2021

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    Updated: Koolaiddrinker & friends, “Can’t prove white supremacy is a threat.”? You have your head up your asses. Did you watch the news on January 6th? “White supremacist terrorism has been a feature, not an outlier, of American life.” “Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas told senators on Wednesday that the greatest domestic threat facing the United States came from what they both called “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.” “Since 2018, White supremacists have conducted more lethal attacks in the US than any other domestic extremist movement, demonstrating a "longstanding intent" to target racial and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, politicians and those they believe promote multi-culturalism and globalization, according to the report.” The spa attack was yet another example. It needs to be condemned by all. No one is dismissing black on black crime, most especially the black community. Black-on-black crime" is a symptom of broader structural inequalities and systemic racism. The focus of this topic was the shootings at a spa involving Asian Americans. Hate crimes, especially by professed white nationalists have gone up in recent years at alarming rates. Our own intelligence agencies say that this is the main threat to Americans. The “yeah but”s about black on black crime are honestly projectionist & pathetic. Racism & hate grow on the same horrific tree. Saying one is okay because the other is worse doesn’t make the tree beautiful.
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    Addendum below: Larubia, Black children in Chicago are being shot every weekend. What’s that black on black death count vs white supremacy death count? Racism is real but is it a threat in our everyday lives? If the goal is to save lives then the gov’t has their priorities backwards. I guess it’s not their priority so what is their goal??? They can’t prove white supremacy is a threat as much as they want us to believe so they have to twist any story where the shooter is white so the dems can continue with this big lie. There was no evidence of racial motivation. Let the case go to court and prove it. If it is then fine let them have this Bill it doesn’t do anything anyway other than vilify white people more and cause division, which our country needs more of..,right? If it isn’t proven then this entire symbolic gesture is truly a waste of time.
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    It is only a statement of principle for the record that a legislative body condemns anti-AAPI hate crimes - a reminder note to the collective consciousness that these crimes exist. This is a valuable statement of ethical principles which can guide and give a morality-based rationale for future actionable legislation. I do not oppose such statements so long as they ultimately lead to positive change, as I would hope this statement will do.
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    Yes, the 3-16-21 Atlanta Spa Killings should be condemned but this is only a start, much more is needed than just condemnation in order to prevent future occurrences. 1) How come someone can purchase a gun the day of the shooting like Robert Aaron Long did without a waiting period? 2) How can a gun be sold to someone who recently lived in a group home for rehab & confided in another resident suicidal thoughts? 3) How can this be anything other than a hate crime when he told another halfway house resident that he preferred massage parlors to prostitutes and he specifically sought out Asian owned or operated massage businesses? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/atlanta-shooting-suspect-robert-aaron-long/2021/03/19/9397cdca-87fe-11eb-8a8b-5cf82c3dffe4_story.html https://abcnews.go.com/US/atlanta-spa-shootings-revive-calls-gun-reform-moment/story?id=76604284
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    Sounds nice but should be paired with concrete steps to prevent this from happening again.
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    Is congress going to condemn every crime? No this is meaningless.
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    @Rep Hagedorn: Does your vote against this resolution mean you support violence against AAPI peoples?
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    Other than stating ones position, resolutions are symbolic at best. Without a plan of action to follow, they are pretty much ineffective.
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    I’m truly glad this is all congress has to do with its time. The killings were terrible, and any crime that revolves around race no matter the race of the victim is terrible. There are laws on the books already...enforce those laws! Quit passing more laws and resolutions when the ones already there aren’t enforced.
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    Can the House do anything useful? Or is their focus only ever on the inconsequential waste of time and tax payer money??
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    Our entire country should condem any hate crimes regardless of who they are directed at. The hate crimes against AAPI people are directly linked to Trump's blaming the Chinese for the virus and now his idiotic followers are acting on that hate speech. The spread of the virus in the US is a direct result of Trump's lack of response to the virus and as a result, per many reports some 900,000 people died of this disease. If you want to take action for the spread of the virus then set your sights at the source of the problem-Trump and other REpublican governors.
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    From brookings.edu: The Trope of Black-Asian Conflict These senseless acts of anti-Asian violence have finally garnered the national attention they deserve, but they have also invoked anti-Black sentiment and reignited the trope of Black-Asian conflict. Because some of the video-taped perpetrators appear to have been Black, some observers immediately reduced anti-Asian violence to Black-Asian conflict. This is not the first time that the trope has been weaponized. Black-Asian conflict—and Black-Korean conflict more specifically—became the popular frame of the LA riots in 1992. The trope failed to capture the reality of Black-Korean relations three decades ago, and it fails to capture the reality of anti-Asian bias today. A recent study finds that in fact, Christian nationalism is the strongest predictor of xenophobic views of COVID-19, and the effect of Christian nationalism is greater among white respondents, compared to Black respondents. Moreover, Black Americans have also experienced high levels of racial discrimination since the pandemic began. Hence, not only does the frame of two minoritized groups in conflict ignore the role of white national populism, but it also absolves the history and systems of inequality that positioned them there.
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    I think of the US as not needing this because, of course, we would condemn hate of any kind. But, to vote no on this bill only enforces the need; it’s proof that our country has changed. Trump didn’t make US citizens hate other races and cultures, but he gave them a voice and told them their hate was a good thing - it made them patriots. It actually made them the opposite. We’re in a sad and dangerous time in our country.
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    Anyone who thinks white supremacy is not a threat is white and has never had to deal with being the victim of a hate crime. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, white people don’t get a voice in these matters. We’re living in a system built entirely by white people entirely for white people and when we hear our brothers and sisters of other races speaking up we need to listen, even though the things they’re saying can be hard to hear and even harder to believe. As a white man I know of what I speak.
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    How can I support this when it’s an unknown what exactly could be done. Thus far the MSM and Democrats have offered mendacious rhetoric blaming it on White Supremacy when video and testimonies by those affected have actually stated who their attackers were. This is just another racism game. There are not as many White Supremacists as Democrats and the MSM proliferate. Of course, we have seen plenty of racism from AntiFa and BLM, Maxine Waters, and others towards White people. No, this legislation is not a good idea at all.
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    NO. This is pure political theater. Most attacks on Asian Americans have been committed by Black Americans anyway. This ''white supremacy'' threat is bogus. I'm not saying white racism doesn't exist, it does, but it is not the threat Dems & the media are making it out to be.
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    Of course no question about it
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    This should be a no-brainer.
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    That event was tragic. The House absolutely needs to assure the people of this nation that they will do whatever it takes to end hate crimes.
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    This is just a resolution that congress thinks it bad this happened. The fact is this was a massage parlor and it just happened that most of the employees were Asian decent. It could have been that the owner or manager was Asian and chose people that looked like her. It might have been that an Asian woman might seem more exotic than a bunch of white men and women doing the massage therapy. I noticed in the town below me in Louisiana that there is a massage parlor and it seems according of to the sign to be run by Asians. Now the guy that brought the gun into the business was indeed white but according to what I heard he was a frequent visitor so he must not have been much of a racist to allow Asian women to touch him like that. It seems he was more of a religious zealot and wanted the temptations of the business to go away. In some shootings in a mostly white church in Texas a person came there a killed several white people no blacks or Hispanics. Should congress have had a resolution to deplore the killing of white peoples? How about today as the left whips up the narrative of white privilege and a black person shoots up a white massage parlor does congress then vote a resolution to condemn the killing of white peoples? Do we start a WLM White Life Matter March and riots and looting in the streets?
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