Referring to COVID-19 as the China virus, Wuhan virus, or the like, promotes othering and stigmatization. The increase in racist rhetoric coincides with increases in racial attacks, violent bullying, threats, racial abuse, and discrimination. It has exacerbated social stigma, national insecurity, and fear of foreigners. COVID-19 is a public health crisis not a racial matter.
By August 2020, the STOP AAPI HATE Reporting Center received over 2,500 reports of incidents of racism, hate speech, discrimination, and physical attacks against Asians and Asian Americans nationwide. Read report releases here.
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