There is rampant, unreasonable fear and loathing going on, regarding the Coronavirus. This needs to stop. I found an article at The American Scholar that basically sums up most of my own feelings on the matter, so I’m sharing a link to it here; please read it. It lists steps that can be taken to avoid getting the virus, along with this key summary:
“But equally important: resist. Resist the impulse to make more of the COVID-19 event than it is, i.e., a garden-variety outbreak of a potentially, but rarely, serious infection. Resist the inducements to pass along errant information. Resist social media surges. Resist governments that are using the outbreak as an excuse to ramp up xenophobia, interdict migration, restrict travel, or promote suspicion.” – https://theamericanscholar.org/covid-19-a-primer/ (“How to Think About the Coronavirus” – by Philip Alcabes | March 10, 2020, The American Scholar)
Attacks on innocent Asians — via Seoul Sister
A fellow blogger, Judy Kim of Seoul Sister, recently shared this video on her blog. I’ll admit I don’t watch much news, so was shocked to see it.
So sad. Racism is rooted in fear and misunderstanding.
(Skip to minute 00:47 to see the heartbreaking reaction of the owner of the car that had racial slurs written on it — a tearful mother who found herself having to explain the meanings of them to her children. And minute 01:13, to see the shocking video of a man berating an innocent bystander on public transit; finally spraying him with deodorizer, as other travellers look on.)
WP Reader link to Judy’s blog: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/99708992
There are people out there committing deplorable racist acts. It’s awful. The most selfish people in the world are using COVID-19 as an excuse to harm other people, shame them and frighten them for what amounts to their own sick pleasure and self-aggrandization. All in the name of protecting… themselves.
If you see an Asian person getting attacked or discriminated against in the name of COVID, whether verbally or otherwise, please, especially you fellow white, healthy, low-risk people — speak up. Be a friend, to that person, in the moment. Do whatever you think a friend would do.
Stand with them.
Thank you for reading.