Coronavirus and Racism: Take Precautions to Fight Discrimination

From Society for Human Resource Management:

Fear of the coronavirus is manifesting as racism against people who are of Chinese or Asian descent after the virus was first identified in China in December.

More than 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders work in health care, transportation and service industries and are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) said March 5.

Individuals around the world are being shunned, shamed, and verbally or physically assaulted as fear over the coronavirus spreads. A woman who appeared to be Asian and was wearing a face mask while at a New York City subway station was attacked by a stranger in February. A Costco food sample vendor told a Korean woman and her mixed-race son to move away from his samples, questioning whether they had been in China, NPR reported.

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Last updated byadmin on March 19, 2020