Harris decries America’s ‘racism,’ ‘xenophobia’ in wake of Atlanta attack

Never missing an opportunity to stoke racial grievances – irrespective of the facts – Democrats have been attempting to make political hay out of a tragic murder spree that occurred at Atlanta massage parlors earlier this week in which six individuals of Asian descent were killed.

Leading the current charge to declare America a country characterized by racism, sexism and xenophobia is Vice President Kamala Harris who, together with President Joe Biden, visited Emory University on Friday to show support for the Asian American community, as Breitbart reported.

The aforementioned killings happened at the hand of a 21-year-old white man named Robert Aaron Long, who reportedly told law enforcement officials that his actions were not racially motivated, but were the result of his ongoing sexual addiction and his desire to eliminate local sources of temptation, according to the Associated Press.

As Forbes reported, FBI Director Christopher Wray told NPR that indeed, the shootings in Atlanta did not appear to be linked to race, supporting local law enforcement indications that the suspect’s sexual addition, not any particularized racial bias, was the motivation.

Even so, those on the left have ramped up efforts to use the incident as a springboard to pontificate on what they say is a broader pattern of anti-Asian hate crimes spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and to blame former President Donald Trump for referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus,” with Harris jumping on the bandwagon by telling her Atlanta audience:

For the last year, we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans, people with the biggest pulpits, spreading this kind of hate.

Transparently and cynically using the tragedy to make a broader ideological point, Harris declared, “Racism is real in America and it always has been. Xenophobia is real in America and always has been. Sexism, too.”

President Biden also spoke at the event, linking the massage parlor attacks to what he says is a larger, worrisome anti-Asian sentiment bubbling up across the nation, saying:

Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake.

They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated, harassed. They’ve been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed.

It is certainly true that at least one part of the country has seen an uptick in attacks on Asian Americans, as the San Francisco Bay area has reported a number of troubling incidents in recent months. The most recent of these to make the news was a deadly sidewalk assault on a 75-year-old Asian man in which two Black men have since been charged, but which apparently did not merit specific commentary from the president or vice president.

Harris’ remarks in Atlanta are sadly illustrative of an unshakable determination on the part of the left – uncritically aided by the mainstream media – to never let a crisis go to waste when it comes to fanning the flames of racial strife and to never let facts get in the way of their narrative.