“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Trumpled in the grocery store:
A second employee intervened, and that’s when the man said that racial minorities are to blame for the coronavirus pandemic. Both employees were minorities, one black and the other of Asian descent.
The story goes on to report that the man was arrested, detained for a short time, then released “as police prepare a case for consideration of charges,” whatever that means.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, Bonnie Tsui tells tales of Trumpling in these viral times. A snippet:
In an airport lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last week, a young woman was asked by a group of three men to move farther away due to their coronavirus anxiety. She texted her father about the exchange, who posted her note on Twitter: “‘I told them, sure, I’d move, but I’ve never been to China and that their racial profiling is what’s hurting this country.’”
This is your–our–country on Trump.
On a busy San Francisco street in the broad light of day, Yuanyuan Zhu was harassed and spit on by a stranger simply for being Asian in the midst of a global pandemic caused by what the president of the United Stats calls the “Chinese virus.”
But as a bus rolled past, the man again yelled out, this time screaming at the driver to “run them all over,” Zhu said.
He turned to her and she knew it was coming.
“Please don’t,” she said.
“Right after I said that, he spit on me,” Zhu said. “I didn’t really know what to do.”
The story goes on to describe a web site being created to track such hate-full incidents.
Words fail me.
Chauncey DeVega analyzes the role of racism in the spread of coronavirus in the United States and in the federal government’s less than competent response thereunto.
No summary or excerpt will do his piece justice. Just read it.
And this surprises you how?
The Des Moines Register’s brilliant Rekha Basu tags the Maytag Foundation (which is no longer in any way related to the appliance manufacturer) for its financial support of an anti-immigrant spin factory.
I have noted from time to time in these electrons the increase of incidents of cruelty and bigotry directed at persons (who look as if they might be) of Asian descent since stories of the coronavirus entered the news. As if a virus gave a damn . . . .
Valentina Stoycheva, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, examines how persons excuse themselves from culpability for their cruelty during such a health scare. An excerpt (emphasis added):
It follows from cognitive dissonance that if I treat a person of a different race poorly but want to tell myself I am a good person, this poses a problem. However, if I commit an absolutely unthinkable and demeaning act of hostility towards an Asian person during the Coronal outbreak and tell myself I am keeping myself and my family healthy, I can keep my racist biases deep in the unconscious and consciously still consider myself a good and caring human being. But a health crisis is more than an excuse, it is also a catalyst for prejudices due to the panic it creates.
At The Philadelphia Inquirer, television newsperson Nydia Han, who is of Asian descent, makes a request:
Follow the link for the rest, and feel shame that she had to say it.