For peace and racial harmony to prevail, Americans need to unite against hate crime. Love thy neighbour, love one another not hate!
By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
Kudos to the New York police commissioner and chief for taking swift action in arresting and charging the 38-year-old man who had attacked a defenceless 65-year-old Asian woman outside a luxury apartment building.
I have nothing but praise for NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea who said all who lived in the city was a New Yorker and NYPD chief Rodney Harrison who urged the people to say or do something if they were to come across any hate crime, such as calling 911.
I also want to thank New York Governor Mr Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Mr Bill de Blasio, who both played a vital role in ensuring justice is delivered and expressing their outrage and disgust for the hate crimes.
Americans, regardless of their ethnicity and race, have to stand united against hate crime and be part of the solution in order for the hate and violence to stop.
Today marks the 53rd anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The Civil Rights leader was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
Martin Luther King Jr. had said “judge not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character” and “all men are created equal”.
Has the younger generation forgotten the struggles of their forefathers and the legacy of this great leader, who had signed the Emancipation Proclamation which came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of black slaves?
The Asian Americans are facing challenging times now. Being a minority in America, they are feeling isolated and living in fear.
Please read my previous anti-Asian hate posts
I also support President Joe Biden’s call on congress to pass a ban on weapons and tighten gun laws. There’s been too many reports of mass shootings and senseless killings. The President certainly has a Herculean task of uniting the different races in America.
Assault weapons with high-capacity and semi automatic and automatic rifles should be banned in all states. The National Rifle Association has to beef up on gun control acts and legislators to create a more effective gun control policy. They need to take more stringent measures such as conducting background checks on people who are buying guns.
Guns should only be bought for the sole purpose of protection and self-defence, not for venting anger and frustration.
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