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A boy wearing a face mask and holding a sign reading "Stop Racism Violence" takes part in a rally in a rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California, on March 13, 2021. - Reports of attacks, primarily against Asian-American elders, have spiked in recent months -- fuelled, activists believe, by talk of the "Chinese virus" by former president Donald Trump and others. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)

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While he had never seen the family before, he told authorities he perceived them as a “threat” because they supposedly “came from the country who started spreading the disease around.” He admitted to trying to kill the father and the 6-year-old in an effort to “stop the threat.”

“Mr. Gomez’s cowardly and racially motivated actions do not represent our West Texas community,”  Special Agent in Charge Jeffery R. Downey of the FBI El Paso Field Office said according to a DOJ press release. “It is our hope today’s sentence will help the victims with the healing process. Rest assured, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will aggressively pursue anyone who commits these violent acts to ensure the civil rights of all Americans are protected.”

The then-19-year-old Sam’s Club employee allegedly stabbed three Asian American family members, including a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old, Daily Kos reported.

Gomez slashed open the 6-year-old child’s face and came “millimeters from [the boy’s] right eye, split his right ear, and wrapped around to the back of his skull,” prosecutors said when announcing charges. A colleague of Gomez’s who attempted to stop the violence suffered several cuts as well. Throughout the incident, Gomez allegedly yelled, “Get out of America!”

Prior to being charged with hate crimes, Gomez was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault. He is still facing those pending state charges, NBC News affiliate KWES-TV of Odessa, Texas, reported.

Gomez’s plea follows an increase in hate crimes targeting the AAPI community across the country.

Hate crime data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino found that hate crimes against Asian Americans surged in 2020 in at least 15 cities, Daily Kos reported. As the cities were further reviewed, a new report indicated that crimes against Asian Americans rose by 169% when comparing the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021.

Additionally, data released by the FBI found that hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent in the U.S. rose by 70% last year when compared to the number of such incidents in 2019. The report found that more than 10,000 people reported hate crimes to law enforcement, the highest tally of reported hate crimes since 2008.

Other studies also contribute the rise in targeted crimes to an increase of distrust against the AAPI community. According to a report released by nonprofits Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change (LAAUNCH) and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), 21% of U.S. adults now say Asian Americans are at least partly responsible for COVID-19.

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“Pandemic-driven and racially-motivated acts of violence are deplorable crimes, and the Justice Department stands ready to use our hate crimes laws to hold perpetrators accountable,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, according to the DOJ press release. “Hate crimes targeting Asian Americans have spiked during the pandemic and must be confronted. All people deserve to feel safe and secure living in their communities, regardless of race, color or national origin.”

The AAPI community needs our support now more than ever. Hate is the real virus, and we cannot let it continue. Daily Kos has compiled resources to help our community stand united against racism. Help us put an end to this hate. 


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Exclusive: News Roundup: Republicans threaten retaliations, revenge, civil war over Trump search warrant – TalkOfNews.com

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‘Donald Trump should be allowed to take whatever national security documents he wants to and scatter them around his for-profit golf resort’ is not what we thought the next civil war would be about, but Republicans are quite animated about it. Yet again.

The first-ever FBI search warrant served against a former U.S. president is still the big news in the country, but we still don’t know much more about it than we did yesterday. Donald Trump took “classified national security documents” from the White House when he left; when those documents were discovered at Mar-a-Lago in early June, Trump seems to have refused to relinquish them, relying on his apparent political power to skirt consequences. Didn’t work out for him.

Today’s news, then, is an absolute boatload of seditionists, aspiring fascists, and Republican lawmakers insisting that this attempt to enforce laws that Donald Trump definitely broke is the precursor to civil war, the sign of a collapsing republic, or evidence of shocking, absolutely shocking (checks notes) politics inside the Department of Justice. Few are willing to declare that Trump didn’t do a crime; Republicans are—as they were before, during, and after two Trump impeachments—instead shouting that consequences for Republican crime-doing are completely unacceptable. It’s … not a movement with a lot of principles. 


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A grand jury has indicted Colorado state Sen. Pete Lee (D) for allegedly giving false information about where he lives when voting, the Denver Post reports.

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Voters in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin headed to the polls to vote in primaries today.

There’s also a special election in Minnesota’s 1st congressional district.

Leave your reactions in the comments as results come in.

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