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Published on April 02, 2024
President Biden Declares April as National Arab American History Month Amidst Rising Hate CrimesSource: Google Street View

In an era when cultural recognition intersects with social justice, President Biden has made history by designating April as National Arab American History Month, a first among U.S. presidents. "The Arab American community is essential to the fabric of our Nation," President Biden said, underscoring their vital contributions spanning from hard work to generosity. This community, whose roots span back to the infancy of America itself, encapsulates the essence of what America stands for, according to the United States Agency for International Development.

Accounting for approximately 3.7 million in the U.S., Arab Americans hail from an expanse of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The diverse group boasts Nobel Prize winners, scholars, and public servants—with 12 percent reportedly working in the federal government. While this month offers a moment to celebrate their achievements and contributions, it also unfolds against the grim backdrop of violence and intolerance that some in their community face. As the conflict between Israel and Hamas wages on, taking a heavy toll on Palestinian lives and leading to a humanitarian crisis, there's been a concerning rise in hate crimes against Arab Americans on U.S. soil, as reported by the United States Agency for International Development.

The spike in anti-Arab sentiment, manifesting through vandalism, intimidation, and outright violence, marks a disturbing trend that has not spared even those who serve the nation. Many of our Arab American colleagues, committing their lives to upholding human rights globally, are feeling the impact.

In the face of adversity, Arab American public servants remain at the forefront of efforts to alleviate suffering in conflict zones like Gaza. They are vital to the teams at USAID directing assistance and working towards a lasting ceasefire. Despite the surge in hostility, USAID vows to uphold a work environment that safeguards the well-being and inclusion of Arab Americans. Power looks forward to joining her colleagues in honoring an integral part of what makes up the American milieu, reinforcing their role in the march towards a more dignified world for all.