Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19 by Monique Deal Barlow 4/4/21
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While the majority of Americans either intend to get the COVID–19 vaccine or have already received their shots, getting white evangelicals to vaccination sites may prove more of a challenge – especially those who identify as Christian nationalists.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in February found white evangelicals to be the religious group last likely to say they'd be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Nearly half (45%) said they would not get the COVID–19 shot, compared with 30% of the general population.
Some evangelicals have even linked coronavirus vaccinations to the “mark of the beast”
– a symbol of submission to the Antichrist found in biblical prophecies, Revelation 13:18.
Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn's Statement of solidarity with the Asian American community, 3/21/2021
This week, a white supremacist took the lives of six Asian Americans and two others in a shooting in metro Atlanta. The crime is - unfortunately - only the latest in a rise in hate crimes inspired by the bigotry and xenophobia of the last administration. Nationally, Asian Americans have been targeted in over 3,800 hate incidents in the past year.
We are deeply concerned with the rise in hate-related offenses against Asian Americans in New York City and across the nation. We must stop violence, harassment and hatred in its tracks. We must all speak up against these hateful actions.
I am devastated by the shootings, and pray for the victims and their families. I stand in solidarity with the Asian American community and condemn these violent acts and racism.
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How anti-Asian racism likely played role in Atlanta killings by Pawan Dhingra for The Conversation, 3/21/21
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The killings of eight people including six Asian American women in Atlanta have increased concern about antiAsian violence, which has been on the rise in the past year. While the suspect has not been charged with a hate crime
and may not be Amherst College sociologist Pawan Dhingra explains why racism likely still played a role.
Dhingra describes the long history of antiAsian prejudice in the U.S. and points out that race and gender can be factors in violence even if the alleged perpetrator doesn't say so directly.
France must end impunity for racially charged police violence by UNPA, 3/28/21
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Genuinely combating racial discrimination is essential for a more just and peaceful society. This notably requires an end to impunity, especially when the perpetrators of racial discrimination and violence are representatives of the State. This is what ISHR and its French national partner, the Collectif Urgence Notre Police Assassine (UNPA), reminded France in a video statement presented at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.
Today, Amal Bentounsi, founder of UNPA, delivered a joint oral statement by ISHR and UNPA drawing the Council's attention to racist police violence in France. The organizations recalled that France, as a member of the Council, should uphold the highest standards of human rights. Yet, when it comes to racially charged police violence, France is still far from achieving this, allowing a climate of impunity to persist when such violence occurs.
Tally of Covid-19 Cases and Fatalities in NYS as of 4/4/21