Covid-19 puts the legacy of racism on full display

Covid-19 puts the legacy of racism on full display

Sunday - 11/13/2022 09:16
In 2009, for the first time in the history of the United States of America we had our first black president. This result raises the hope that it did put an end to racism in our country.
But sadly, the answer is no. By the year 2020, the Covid-19 outbreak reveals a bitter truth that racial discrimination which was traced back to British colonial times persists until to modern days.

In the spring of 2019, the corona virus first broke out in Wuhan, China and has been spreading at breakneck speed. At that time, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed that SARS CoV-2 was not a worrying issue whilst President Donald Trump considered it as less deadly than the seasonal flu in the US. It is such disregard for the desease’s severity that pushes us towards the path of deaths.

As a consequence, hundreds of thousands of Americans were killed by the disease whereas those who are lucky to survive must bear the long-term riskes of their own health. All of that suffering makes people have a thought that Asians have brought us the deadly virus, fueling a rising tide of Anti-Asia Sentiment.

During the British colonial period, racism occurred against the blacks, the Indians, ... After 1975, we had a new member: yellow people immigrated from Asia. Since then, racial inequality has evolved more diversely from discrimination of work, income, to social status, ... Although these situations are not too severe, they are still happening and silently waiting for opportunities to become an outbust of anger.
Minneapolis American white police officer kill George Perry Floyd

On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd, an African American man, was killed at Powderhorn by a Minneapolis American white police officer, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Such an unnecessary force, hatred or structural racism is still going on in police stations. Crimes against blacks are either largely ignored when commited by whites or court-imposed sentences for these crimes are always not tough enough.

Floyd’s death sparked widespread and visceral outrage among African communities, triggering waves of protests despite the fact that they were eventually brutally crackdowned. Even after Floyd died, he was still mocked with banners on social networks such as: “The funeral of the criminal George Floyd tunns into the death of a hero in a golden coffin” or “How coward it is to kneel in the funeral of such a criminal - George Floyd”.
Massacre of Asians

On March 16th 2021, 6 Asian Americans were shot dead in an attack at different spas in Atlanta by 21-year-old white Robert Aaron Long. It is well worth mentioning that Robert Aaron Long thinks Asian spas are places to satisfy American sexsual desire. How bitter it is to cross halfway around the world to come to the most developed and civilized country in the world just to be treated like slaves and be humiliated...!

Have protests like “Stop Asian Hate” and “Stop AAPI Hate” changed the mindset of white people or leaders? Our government has always been proclaiming “Human rights” around the world, but in fact, in our home country, migrants do not have “Human rights”. If the suffering goes beyond the limit, there will come a moment when immigrants return to their homeland, and at that time, our country will look like an empty shell. Please bear that in mind!

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