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senate Bill S. 937

Should the DOJ Have an Employee Responsible for Expedited Review of Hate Crimes, Including Those Against Asians?

Argument in favor

Hate crimes and other discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to ensure that the Dept. of Justice and law enforcement organizations across the country work actively to understand and respond to this issue. Additionally, in light of the impact of language blaming Chinese people and Asians for the pandemic, it’s important for the federal government to issue guidance on mitigating the effects of this inflammatory language.

jimK's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Since hate crimes have been increasing, YES. Since there is so much more political divisiveness ,YES. Since we have had four years of hateful racial rhetoric, YES. Since we have political leaders willing to use hateful memes, stereotypes and rhetoric to polarize their base for political advantage, YES. Since White supremacist groups have been empowered by the trump, YES, YES, YES!
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Leslie's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Hate crimes deserve priority review and should include crimes directed at any unchangeable personal characteristic like disability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
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larubia's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Just one? For review? We already have, “The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program serves as the national repository for crime data voluntarily collected and submitted by law enforcement. Its primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.”-https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/hate-crime-statistics I would rather see a committee to analyze the data already collected and make recommendations. Simply reviewing data does nothing. Not holding our political leaders responsible for hateful rhetoric makes the problem worse!
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Argument opposed

Existing hate crime laws already take current events and discrimination into account, punishing perpetrators who commit crimes against specific groups of people due to their identities appropriately, so there no need for this legislation. President Joe Biden already signed a Presidential Memorandum condemning racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and directing federal agencies to lead nationwide efforts to stop anti-Asian bias, xenophobia, and harassment. Alternatively, there is not enough data to be sure that hate crimes against Asians have risen during the pandemic, and Congress shouldn’t act on this issue until the Dept. of Justice conducts an appropriate review to verify that Asian-Americans are in fact being discriminated against during the pandemic.

Lane's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Absolutely not. If you can't call a Syrian refugee killing 10 white people in a grocery store a hate crime against whites, then NO. If you can't expose and punish people like Jussie Smollette who stage hate crimes and charge them with a hate crime for faking a hate crime, then NO. All this would do is create a vehicle for the persecution of white people who dissent from this Chinese style take over. These are the steps hitler took to make law before he exterminated people.
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Roger's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Hate Crimes bill already part of America law. No need for additional action, just enforce what's already available to use.
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Reality-Check's Opinion
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04/23/2021
Not until the Democrats stop hating Republicans!
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    Since hate crimes have been increasing, YES. Since there is so much more political divisiveness ,YES. Since we have had four years of hateful racial rhetoric, YES. Since we have political leaders willing to use hateful memes, stereotypes and rhetoric to polarize their base for political advantage, YES. Since White supremacist groups have been empowered by the trump, YES, YES, YES!
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    Absolutely not. If you can't call a Syrian refugee killing 10 white people in a grocery store a hate crime against whites, then NO. If you can't expose and punish people like Jussie Smollette who stage hate crimes and charge them with a hate crime for faking a hate crime, then NO. All this would do is create a vehicle for the persecution of white people who dissent from this Chinese style take over. These are the steps hitler took to make law before he exterminated people.
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    Hate crimes deserve priority review and should include crimes directed at any unchangeable personal characteristic like disability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
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    Just one? For review? We already have, “The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program serves as the national repository for crime data voluntarily collected and submitted by law enforcement. Its primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.”-https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/hate-crime-statistics I would rather see a committee to analyze the data already collected and make recommendations. Simply reviewing data does nothing. Not holding our political leaders responsible for hateful rhetoric makes the problem worse!
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    Hate Crimes bill already part of America law. No need for additional action, just enforce what's already available to use.
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    Not until the Democrats stop hating Republicans!
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    The DOJ investigated Yale for discriminating against Asians then nothing came of it even when there was evidence. For schools to not admit Asians because they met their “quota” IS racist! If you’re against racism then why was this case dropped? Sure let DOJ look into Asian crime and they will see that 50% of blacks are the offenders even though they only make up 13% of the population. So I’m still waiting on the proof of these white nationalists. Where are they?????
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    Onto to the President’s Desk… PASSED IN THE HOUSE! PASSED IN THE SENATE! Representatives & Senators: You are most strongly urged to support HR 1843 / S. 937 - COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act. For over a year, certain demagogues used the COVID virus to stir up their followers against China. These followers include ignorant, hate-filled, and mentally disturbed individuals. Based on the statements of the demagogues, some of these followers have committed heinous crimes against innocent Asian Immigrants, as well as Asian American citizens. These crimes range from name-calling and spitting to physically brutalizing people, even throwing older adults to the ground and kicking them. If nothing else, the followers of racist demagogues must know that in addition to state and local laws, the full force of the Federal Government can investigate and prosecute alleged hate crimes, particularly Hate Crimes based on misinformation circulated about COVID-19
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    Just one probably won’t be enough.
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    Reading the bill, I am not convinced that it is necessary. Why would we not just take inventory of each law enforcement and access the needs, eg: system update, reporting, training, etc. Additionally, the DOJ is suppose to spearhead this effort, and I am not sure they are qualified based on their poor decision to dismiss the Yale discrimination case. The evidence was clear, but no action, nor explanation, was given.
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    US Capitol Police officer allegedly told units to only monitor for 'anti-Trump' protesters on January 6 Today is 22 April and they are just discovering this? Shame on gop Shame on congress Cover up Bring these criminals INCLUDING gop & dumbkopf & insiders responsible to justice first! Treasonous acts should never go unpunished.
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    No, the information listed regarding this bill indicates that Biden already signed something, so duplication and throwing more money at it is unnecessary. As with any hate crime regardless of ethnicity or how one identifies the laws should protect ALL people equally. NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT OUT FROM BEING PROTECTED!! If Asians have been abused then the offending individuals should be prosecuted. See something, say something and be sure surveillance cameras are working. We are also seeing increased violence on White people and police officers, their lives matter also. It doesn’t matter the color of one’s skin, all lives deserve respect and protection—to do otherwise is racist!!
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    WILL THIS ADMINISTRATION STOP 🛑 WITH THE RACIST RHETORIC!!! It’s disgusting already. I have actually helped Asians study for citizenship! YES THAT’S WHEN IT WAS REQUIRED! They even agree there is not enough evidence to support adding more people or money! STOP THE SPENDING AND MAKING US POOR!!! STOP THIS HATE!!! The only ones that are TRULY Racist are the Democrats! They have caused so much DIVIDE in our beloved country. They are THE MOST ANTI-AMERICAN IDIOTS I KNOW!
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    I'm glad to see that nearly all Senators, including Senator Toomey who doesn't seem to care about people of color he represents, passed this important bill to act against anti-Asian hate and discrimination. I guess Senator Hawley hates Asian people, and I hope he faces consequences for his hate. Thank you, Senators, for standing up for the AAPI community. I hope you'll be just as brave to defend others.
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    The number of hate crimes have grown in this country and it scares me. Hate crimes can incite crowds and become mob scenes very quickly.. Throwing guns into this mix is lethal. Hate crimes must be identified quickly and investigated immediately. Groups like the Proud Boys are itching to start a “civil war” and it may start with a hate crime. Have a few people able to identify and initiate action on hate crimes before they ignite a fuse in this country that can’t be snuffed out.
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    If you actually read the intricacies of this bill I think it’s good legislation that piggy backs and more clearly directs existing hate crime legislation. It allows for federal funds to be provided to state entities to get a database up and running in hate crimes in their jurisdictions which are then reported to the DoJ. Whilst it may have been instigated by Asian hate crimes this legislation covers all hate crimes. It will allow for the separate recording and thus action on all hate crimes. It runs along the lines of “if you don’t know it’s happening you can’t fix it”. It’s been possible even with hate crime legislation to turn a blind eye to the widespread number of hate crimes by cherry picking and therefore making out it’s not as bad as it seems etc.
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    There is no place in any society for racist bigots or hate! If you believe there is, you may be on the receiving end of it!
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    Yes but first local authorities need to collect hate related crimes data, so it can be reviewed by the DOJ both state and Federally.
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    I look forward to seeing how the Racist party votes on this. Can’t hide behind Mitch now.;)
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    Absolutely we have stymie
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