To address hate-related violence, US President Joe Biden declared that a summit would be held in the White House.
Biden will invite professionals, crime survivors, and other local leaders to the Summit, which the White House said will be named the “United We Stand Summit,” so they can deal with the issue in depth. In addition, the Summit will allow the country to raise public awareness of those who have been the victims of hate crimes.
The Summit will pay respect to previous mass shootings like the Orlando gay nightclub massacre in 2016 and the El Paso Walmart shooting in 2019. People whose lives were endangered by these incidents were victims of prejudice. Mexicans and Black folks are among the fatalities.
While at the Summit, Vice President Kamala Harris will also make a statement condemning the violence committed by racists and other people. In addition, there will be a presentation that includes data on the prevalence of violence motivated by hatred in the US. A discussion will also be kicked off by a former neo-Nazi who will recall his encounters with violence. Lastly, Biden will address the audience and discuss the Summit’s overall agenda and goals.
What the Summit wants to accomplish
Unification has long been on President Biden’s administration’s agenda. Biden promises to bring together people of all ages, backgrounds, and occupations under his leadership. The current president’s ability to accomplish his objective, nevertheless, is still questioned by many.
Additionally, the event was publicized weeks after Biden made a speech addressing radical Republicans he perceives as dangerous to democracy.
“America must choose: to move forward or to move backward. To build the future or obsess about the past. To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, or a nation of fear, division, and of darkness,” President Biden said.
“MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies,” he added.
White House representatives said that the Summit is not politically motivated but addresses a problem that has to be brought to everyone’s awareness since it impacts the whole country. As a final indication of the significance of the Summit, the officials also disclosed that Biden would address the country and highlight his message of unity.
The nation is stronger when it is together, according to Biden. This can only mean that violence that aims to partition individuals into groups and foster enmity toward people of different races and ethnic origins must be abolished rather than tolerated. The United States should not allow hate-related violence.
National identity is being threatened
According to Deborah Lipstadt, a special envoy for the Biden administration, a substantial percentage of the American people believe that the nation’s identity is being assaulted. In observing and addressing antisemitism, Lipstadt cooperates with the White House.
“Whether they read it online, whether they hear it in the media, whether they hear it from certain politicians – but they believe it. People have to recognize that it’s this panoply of hatreds that constitute this threat to our democracy and threat to our country and to national security and foreign countries as well,” Lipstadt said.
The White House has also strongly urged technology firms to control and remain vigilant against violence motivated by hatred. In its effort against hate-based violence, the government has enlisted the support of media organizations, including Microsoft, Twitch, YouTube, and Meta. A top White House official also stressed the importance and contribution of social media firms in tackling several problems that the US is now facing.
“Every tech company should be thinking about what they can do,” he said.
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