COVID-19 has become a silent enemy in many ways, but it’s a public enemy for those Asian Americans and residents who are now facing backlash as a result of xenophobia.
Repeatedly throughout history, in a time of crisis, parts of humanity have been guilty of oppressing people based on the color of their skin, nationality, race, religion, etc. Today, the Asian community all over the world has found themselves particularly in a rough spot in which they need to defend themselves against those who have coined COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus,” including the president of the United States.
“No one likes to be ‘othered’ or ostracized,” said Melissa C. Potter. “And just from the top down, we have someone in office who unfortunately, has pivoted this horrific pandemic and labeled it incorrectly as the ‘Chinese virus’. It’s a little difficult with people that aren’t that savvy to understand the nuance in that this isn’t in particular to China.”