Those who remain silent about Racism are complicit, says the US president after the deadly attacks in Atlanta. He also sees Donald Trump as responsible.
After the fatal attacks on three massage parlours in Georgia, US President Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris travelled to Atlanta for a condolence visit to the Asian community. “Disdain can’t have a place of refuge in America,” said Biden. He called on all citizens to stand up against fanaticism. “Our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit.”
Kamala Harris said, “Racism is real in America. And always has been. Xenophobia is real in America and always has been. Sexism, too.” She and the President would “always stand up against violence, hate crime and discrimination wherever they happen”.
Eight people were killed in the attacks on Tuesday, including six women of Asian origin. According to the police, the 21-year-old suspect Robert Aaron Long rejected a racist motive. He said that in the fight against his sex addiction, he wanted to “eliminate” a temptation that had brought him into conflict with his strict religious beliefs.