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US President Joe Biden declared that the White House will host a summit to discuss hate-related violence.
Biden will invite specialists, crime survivors, and other local leaders to the Summit, which the White House said would be named the “United We Stand Summit,” so they can address the subject in full. Through the Summit, the country will be able to raise awareness of those who have been the victims of hate crimes.
The Orlando gay nightclub massacre in 2016 and the El Paso Walmart shooting in 2019 are two examples of past mass shootings that will be remembered during the Summit. People who have experienced discrimination have passed away due to these incidents. Mexicans and Black people are among the victims.
Additionally participating at the Summit will be Vice President Kamala Harris, who will also speak out against the atrocities caused by racists and other people. Additionally, a presentation displaying data on hate-related violence in the US will be delivered. Furthermore, a former neo-Nazi will take the floor and initiate a discussion on the subject. Finally, Biden will speak in front of the audience and go through the whole Summit as well as its objectives.
What the Summit aims to accomplish
Unity has long been on Biden’s plan for his government. Biden promises to bring together individuals from all backgrounds, nationalities, and ages under his supervision. However, many continue to question the current president’s ability to accomplish his objective.
“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,” said President Biden.
“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.
The Summit, according to White House representatives, is not political but covers a problem that the country must resolve since it impacts every citizen of the country. The officials also disclosed that Biden would speak to the country and underscore his message of unity before highlighting the significance of the Summit.
For Biden, a unified nation is preferable to a divided one. This can only imply that violence that aims to divide individuals into groups and foster animosity among people of different races and ethnic backgrounds should not be tolerated but instead entirely eliminated. Violence motivated by hatred is not acceptable in America.
Threatened national identity
A significant portion of the American population, according to Deborah Lipstadt, a special envoy for the Biden administration, believes that the nation’s identity is being assaulted. To track and combat antisemitism, Lipstadt works 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,” she stated.
The White House has further encouraged tech firms to manage and keep an eye on hate-related violence. The government’s battle against hate-based violence will include media corporations like Twitch, Microsoft, YouTube, and Meta. In addition, a top White House official emphasized the importance and role of social media businesses in tackling several problems confronting the US.
“Every tech company should be thinking about what they can do,” he said.
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