As Coronavirus Panic Increases, So Does Racism Toward Asian People

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With panic over the coronavirus growing by the day, incidents of racism are unfortunately on the rise as well. The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China, which has led to an increase in acts of hatred and violence toward Asian people, in spite of repeated assertions from officials saying that anyone of any ethnicity can contract coronavirus.

On Feb. 4, a video recorded in the New York City subway showed a harrowing attack on an Asian woman wearing a face mask. On Feb. 25, a heartbreaking video recorded in the San Francisco area showed two men attempting to hit an elderly Asian man as they stole his cart full of cans. On Mar. 2, another video recorded in the New York City subway showed a woman screaming at an Asian man, telling him to “go home.” And on Feb. 24, a Chinese student named Jonathan Mok was assaulted in a racist coronavirus-fueled attack in London.

“Racists constantly find excuses to expound their hatred—and in this current backdrop of the coronavirus, they’ve found yet another excuse,” Mok wrote on Facebook a week after the attack. “From refusing service to a Chinese-looking person to racially motivated hate crimes, every single one of these acts is based on racism.”

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