With the panic of the coronavirus, COVID-19, there have been reports of racism. This really became an issue when the virus traveled to the United States. Asians living here have been getting it the worst, even if they’ve never been out of the country.
It’s understandable why people, especially in the US, would begin to panic considering some new virus is making its way through the entire country. The numbers are constantly changing. CNBC recently reported 197 cases and 12 deaths. Still not an excuse to be xenophobic.
Just like with everything else, social media made jokes about the whole virus situation and a lot of these jokes were offensive and hurtful to those of Asian descent. I’ve even seen social media posts about Asian Uber drivers not being able to make any money because customers don’t want to “get the coronavirus.”
It gets to a point where it’s no longer funny and people’s feelings are getting hurt because of others being insensitive. Jade Sung, a woman of Chinese descent, told UNILAD that this outbreak has made her “not want to go out as much.” She went on to say that “People are too quick to jump on hearsay instead of getting the real facts.”
Instead of making jokes and making light of a situation that’s pretty serious, we should educate ourselves on topics that we’re not the most knowledgeable about as to not hurt others, whether it be intentional or unintentional.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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