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Reports of Anti-Asian Assaults, Harassment and Hate Crimes Rise as Coronavirus Spreads
Amid the growing threat of the coronavirus, there are surging reports of xenophobic and racist incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the U.S.
Since January 2020, there have been a significant number of reports of AAPI individuals being threatened and harassed on the street. These incidents include being told to “Go back to China,” being blamed for “bringing the virus” to the United States, being referred to with racial slurs, spat on, or physically assaulted. Statements by public officials referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” “Kung Flu” or “Wu Flu” may be exacerbating the scapegoating and targeting of the AAPI community. Meanwhile, extremists continue to spread antisemitic and xenophobic conspiracies about COVID-19, blaming Jews and China for creating, spreading and profiting off the virus.
The following is a representative list of coronavirus-related anti-Asian incidents reported in the media or by the victims. The description of the victims is based on media reporting. Please note: This is not a comprehensive list; for more detailed information or to report an incident, refer to resources established by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) or Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).
May 23 – Seattle, WA: A man harassed Asian people at a park and an Asian woman in her car, saying, “Where are you from…where is your ID?”, and “Chinese disease…they bring it here!” Later, the man allegedly yelled anti-Asian remarks inside an Asian restaurant.
Woman screams anti-Chinese remarks at Manhattan commuter, slaps her phone away
A racist subway commuter angrily challenged a woman about the way she was wearing her face mask, then screamed anti-Asian remarks while slapping the woman’s phone away, cops said.
32 percent of Americans have seen coronavirus bias against Asians: poll
Roughly one in three Americans have witnessed someone blaming Asian people for the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll released Tuesday found.
Thirty-two percent of the 1,001 adults surveyed admitted they have seen anti-Asian bias in regards to the origins of the virus, which has killed more than 212,000 people worldwide, according to the Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos poll.
Sixty percent of Asians reported witnessing the behavior, compared to 43 percent of black respondents and just 27 percent of their white counterparts.
A majority of Americans, however, said they believe the pandemic is a natural disaster, while 44 percent blamed specific groups or organizations. Of those respondents, 66 percent mentioned China or Chinese citizens and 13 percent said they believe a lab in the Communist nation caused COVID-19.
Woman Records Racists She’s Met On Omegle During the Pandemic
Sophie Wang went on Omegle to find new friends during the pandemic. Instead, she was met with racist verbal comments, asking her if she ate bats and was accused of making the coronavirus.
There has been a rise in racist acts and xenophobia towards Asians and Asian Americans during the pandemic, and Sophie is one of many who have been calling them out.
One Omegle user called her “Ling Ling.” Another slammed his hand on the table and said he hated her for making coronavirus when she wouldn’t show her chest. Another user said there would be “no more of her kind” and he demonstrated that anyone with slitted eyes would be disintegrated by nuclear substance from “American nuclear missiles” sent to all of Asia.
'Don't You Have a Bat to Eat?' New HHS Spokesman Made Racist Remarks About Chinese People on Twitter
He Was 'Zoombombed' In Front Of His Family While Defending His Dissertation
Racist text will not stop Atlanta mayor from speaking up for residents, she says
Irony: Hate Crimes Surge Against Asian Americans While They Are On The Front Lines Fighting COVID-19
There have been a lot of encouraging stories about peoples’ acts of generosity and kindness during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, human nature has its bad side too and the crisis has brought out some of our worst qualities including xenophobia, racism and, in some cases, violence.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in the United States have been surging. It has ranged from verbal harassment to denial of services to physical attacks. There is no way to know, but President Trump’s insistence on calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” certainly doesn’t help. It is true that the Chinese government acted abysmally, for example, initially denying that the virus could be transmitted person to person. But China is hardly a democracy and the Chinese people were the victims rather than the perpetrators of this cover-up.
In fact, Asian Americans and Asian Immigrants to the U.S. deserve our thanks for their role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. First of all, they are vastly over-represented among the front line medical workers who are treating those who have been infected. Seventeen percent of doctors, 9 percent of physician’s assistants and nearly 10 percent of nurses in the United States are of Asian descent.
Tiger King's Joe Exotic Is Not a Good Person, and We Need to Stop Celebrating Him
Netflix's Tiger King has stirred up a lot of feelings on social media, but perhaps the biggest trend of all is the outpouring of celebration and support for disgraced big-cat breeder Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic. Although Maldonado-Passage is currently serving time in prison after being convicted of trying to put a hit out on one of his rivals, plenty of fans have taken his side and elevated him to minor celebrity status. While it's understandable why Maldonado-Passage is able to grab so much attention, it's also important to look closer and realize that this isn't the kind of person we should be celebrating.
Shaquille O'Neal explains his cameo in 'Tiger King'
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Christian group opposes coronavirus vaccine research because it used aborted fetal tissue
The Trump administration’s decision to ban scientific research that uses human fetal cells has not only had a major impact on a potential cure for HIV, now it’s hampering the search for a vaccine for COVID-19.
Evangelical Christian activists, who overwhelmingly support Donald Trump and oppose abortion, pushed the administration to ban the research. Now one group is attacking a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus and claiming further research would be “morally” irresponsible.
“It is deplorable that anyone would want to exploit the remains of aborted babies for financial profit especially when so many people will refuse to use those products because of their deeply held religious, moral, and pro-life convictions?” Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, asked.
In 2018, a scientist who was supposed to supply mice that have been modified with human fetal tissue for an HIV study emailed researchers that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue.”
“This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV,” he wrote.
White House-credentialed pundit says God sent coronavirus to kill Jews
VIDEO: Thug sucker-punches man who appears to be Asian on Philly street. Victim falls face-first on curb while others cheer attack.
A sucker-punch attack against a man who appears to be Asian was captured on video and shared on social media, according to NextShark, an outlet that covers Asian American News and Asian News.
The video shows at least four males walking down a sidewalk toward another man who appeared to be trying to get into a car. One of the males wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants approached the other man and sucker-punched him in the head. The victim fell face on the curb while the other males in the group cheered the attack.
Teenager found guilty of killing two gay men and a trans woman
19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson has been found guilty by a jury of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm, and will be sentenced on 13 April.
He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with possibility of no parole.
The victims, 20-year-olds Paris Cameron and Timothy Blanchard, and 21-year-old Alunte Davis, were shot to death by Robinson on 25 May 2019 at a house party in Detroit, which was attended by approximately 15 people in total.
Prosecutors said their deaths were motivated by their identity and sexual orientation.
The teen killer of three LGBTQ people is convicted & now faces life in prison
Kanye West & Taylor Swift’s “Famous” Phone Call Leaks
The Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud will never die, but you will. Four years later, the full, unedited version of the infamous “Famous” phone call between the two celebs has finally leaked online.
In case you just woke up from a lengthy coma…On Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo track “Famous,” he rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous.” Taylor, understandably, was not happy about that, and said so. Then Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian claimed that Swift had actually OKed the line during a phone call beforehand and posted an edited video of the conversation in question that seemed to support her side of the story. She, and everyone, started calling Swift a snake.
Swift has always maintained that although yes, the call that launched a thousand snake emojis did indeed take place, Kanye never actually played the full song for her and never told her that he was going to refer to her as “that bitch.” And, well, the new footage that has now emerged pretty much vindicates her.
Taylor Swift Seemingly Addresses the Leaked Kanye West Phone Call
Tori Spelling apologizes for photo of her daughter dressed up as ‘McQuisha’
Tori Spelling has apologized for an Instagram post many have accused as racist.
In the now-deleted photo posted to Spelling’s Instagram stories, the “Beverly Hills 90210” alum’s daughter, Hattie, 8, could be seen dressed up as a character dubbed “McQuisha,” donning Cheetos as fingernails and wearing a bandana on her head.
Following the post, Twitter users were quick to take Spelling to task.
“Racism takes no days off even during a pandemic,” one user wrote. “why did you think this was ok?!?! Let me guess ‘ignorance’ and ‘you’re so so sorry.’”
Meanwhile, another user wrote: “You’re a racist who tried to be comedic in THIS time ESPECIALLY!”
Vanessa Hudgens calls coronavirus shutdown 'bullshit,' people dying 'inevitable'
And the award for the most insensitive-sounding celebrity reaction to the coronavirus pandemic goes to…Vanessa Hudgens!
The 31-year-old singer and actress gave some thoughts on COVID-19 during an Instagram Live on Monday, and the totally inconvenient social distancing and shutdown steps being undertaken by people and companies nationwide. It's been suggested the disruption could last until July, if not longer.
"Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bulls—, I'm sorry," said the Spring Breakers star. "It's a virus, I get it, I respect* it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, like, yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible, but like… inevitable? I dunno, maybe I shouldn't be doing this right now."
Waka Flocka Flame Says the Coronavirus is 'Fake' and 'Minorities Can't Catch It'
Waka Flocka Flame isn't sweating the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, because he firmly believes minorities can't catch it. In an interview on Real 92.3 LA, Waka talked about his marriage with Tammy Rivera before declaring himself and countless others potentially immune to the virus, despite having no evidence to support that claim.
"It's fake... Minorities can't catch it," he said at the 11:40 mark of the interview when asked if he was worried about it at all. "Name one though," he said when challenged on that comment. "We all descended from the same persons. Now, did we catch it? It hit the people passing through our airport [Atlanta], it ain't touch them soulful folks." He didn't explain himself too much further, or why he believes that he and other minorities are safe, but the conversation quickly moved on after.
The tyranny of woke: How it's fashionable in modern Britain to believe there's no difference between men and women
Imagine a group of time travellers transported from the 1950s to today. The way the world has changed would astonish them.
They would marvel at the technological innovations which have transformed our lives. And they would be amazed by the material prosperity enjoyed by so many.
But they would also be surprised at how much of the old moral framework they knew had disappeared.
For example, they would be startled to learn of the soaring divorce rate and the massive increase in every kind of crime.
They might also be taken aback to find out how obsessed with sex Western society has become.
But of all the changes, nothing would puzzle them more than the preoccupation with what is now known as ‘gender’.
On discovering it was now fashionable to believe that, psychologically and biologically, there is no difference between men and women, our time travellers would stare in open-mouthed disbelief.
Although they would see males and females looking as different from each other as ever – with most people pushing baby buggies being recognisably female and most construction workers recognisably male – were they really to believe these differences were not rooted in nature, but were all just a ‘social construct’, the result of ‘gender stereotyping’?