We’re in a time of crisis and extreme health emergency. But scapegoating responsibility by referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus”, “Wuhan Virus” or such extreme racist language as the “Kung Flu” is fueling hate attacks on people of Asian ancestry around the world. The latest in CNN, The Guardian, Forbes and PEOPLE magazine are news reports of singling out Asians for violence, hateful language and discrimination from Paris to London to Cleveland and beyond.
Check the news. People of Asian descent are being attacked, spat on, denied Air Bnb bookings, having art shows cancelled, and dozens of other examples great and small of day to day violence and discrimination. Don’t let this fly under the radar, and do your best to challenge any attempts to make innocent people responsible for the ravages and tribulations of a disease. Gay citizens around the world endured decades of blame for HIV, and we can’t let this injustice take over now with a new scapegoat. Speak up and support your Asian friends and even those you don’t know when you see examples of anti-Asian abuse!
Let’s get through this pandemic as better people, united and loving! Help your friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers. This disease is our common and only enemy.