“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen a surge of discriminatory rhetoric and violent attacks against Asian Americans across the country,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter signed by members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus and sent a letter to all of her congressional colleagues on Feb. 26. “Even just looking Asian has been enough to incite attackers to hurl insults and accuse individuals of being disease carriers.”
“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank. So it’s really important we be careful in the language we use lest it lead to the profiling of individuals associated with the virus,” said WHO emergencies program executive director Dr. Mike Ryan.
Trump has previously defended his characterization of the coronavirus by saying, “It’s not racist at all. No, not at all.”
However, many have urged Trump’s government to respond to the coronavirus pandemic more effectively instead of focusing on anti-Asian attitudes, finger-pointing and xenophobia.
Despite claims that the U.S. is “leading the world” with its response to the pandemic, views of Trump’s handling of the crisis have been overwhelmingly negative.
In the U.S., over 120,000 COVID-19 patients have died out of the 2.3 million infected Americans.
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