Actress Karrueche Tran has recently condemned the continued racism against Asians often linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent post on Instagram, Tran lamented how the growing number of attacks against people of Asian descent has struck fear in members of the Asian community.
“Xenophobia is not ok!! To target and discriminate against Asians is wrong!! There are Asians afraid to leave their homes! There are people who have already been hurt.”
In her post, Tran alluded to an incident involving an “older Asian man” without going into specifics.
The incident, which was caught on film, involved an elderly Chinese man being robbed of his cart of cans as the cameraman cheers on the alleged robber while making racially charged remarks.
Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a spate of racially motivated attacks against Asians in the U.S. and other parts of the world as the coronavirus infected more people globally.
Tran, who identifies as both Asian and Black, also declared in her post that “the coronavirus is not ‘the Chinese virus.’”
Earlier this week, Donald Trump was heavily criticized for his choice of words in describing COVID-19 as “the Chinese Virus” in several instances.
“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” Trump wrote in a tweet on March 16.
The following day, he used the phrase again in a tweet about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Cuomo wants ‘all states to be treated the same.’ But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big ‘hotspot’, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases. Andrew, keep politics out of it….” he wrote.
“It’s not racist at all, no, not at all,” he said. “It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate.”