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Analysis: The bias facing Black and Asian Americans reflects a broader problem




From the insults of former President Donald Trump about the “China virus” and the “kung flu” to the stigma caused by the association with the pathogen first discovered in Wuhan, many Asian Americans claim to have goals on your back for months.

He hates crimes against them have gone up 150% since Covid-19 reached the shores of the United States. Some Asian Americans have been spat on or told to return “home.” Basketball star Jeremy Lin was called a “coronavirus” on the court. In particularly horrific attacks, elderly Asian Americans have been attacked, leaving some elderly residents in West Coast cities afraid to leave their homes.

The anti-Asian bias is nothing new in this country, although the struggle for African American equality has often been a more dominant story. In 1871, a group of Chinese men were lynched in Los Angeles. Chinese workers have long faced severe discrimination in the U.S. and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is a stain on the country’s history.

The current tide of hatred against Asian Americans comes at a time of racial calculation triggered by the murder of black men by white police officers, including the late George Floyd, who ignited a worldwide Black movement. Lives Matter. And advocates for the community say the bias facing black and Asian Americans reflects a broader problem of white supremacist hatred and ideology in the country.

“While the focus is on anti-Asian hatred, it all comes from white supremacy and anyone can be a scapegoat at any time,” said Vivien Tsou, national field director of the Asian National Women’s Forum. American Pacific.

“Many Asian Americans are looking over their shoulders”

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NBA player Jeremy Lin has been called a “coronavirus” on the court. Wednesday described the confrontation with racism in the United States amid the pandemic with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“It feels very different. I think it was always something that could have been a little more subtle or verbal, but I think what we’re seeing now is a lot of real physical violence. Americans are looking up. from the shoulders when they go out on the street, when they go to the grocery store and we start to slowly see more and more reports on what’s going on.

“You can even hear the audio recordings, the applause, the laughter, from everyone in those situations where, you know, it was called ‘kung flu virus’ and everyone gets excited. I think there’s it has a lot of racially laden hatred right now that we are seeing and hearing.

“If you look back at history, I never knew many of these things, I never knew them until I had to dig them up myself. But look at how Chinatown came into existence, whether you look at the Japanese fields or the Chinese The Exclusion Act, the first legislation and the only legislation that prohibited the entry of a particular person, I mean, I think there has often been no talk of the Asian and Asian American experience.

“Asian immigrants have come and I’ve basically been told what to do and that they should be quiet and stay under the radar and not make noise, and I think with this next generation, we’re starting to see more and more happening, North Asians -Americans no longer want to be told what to do and keep their heads down, work hard and say nothing. “

“Vaccine, vaccine and vaccine!”

As President Joe Biden contemplates sharing the excess AstraZeneca vaccines with continental neighbors Canada and Mexico, a family voice from the far south of the Americas is urging it to ensure a fair distribution of vaccines around the world.
Talking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour of Sao Paulo, Brazil, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday that the U.S. vaccine surplus could be given to countries that need it. “One suggestion I would like to make to President Biden through your program is: it is very important to urgently convene a G20 meeting,” Da Silva told Amanpour. “It’s important to call the world’s leading leaders and put around the table just one thing, one topic: the vaccine, the vaccine and the vaccine!”

There are rumors that the former left-wing president is laying the groundwork for the return of 2022, after a judge resolved two corruption convictions. It could pose a challenge to current right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, the “Trump of the tropics,” who is now the only prominent regional leader who continues to deny the severity of the pandemic. “I can assure you that I will not deny this invitation” if the conditions are right, Da Silva told Amanpour, “but I do not want to talk about it. This is not my main priority. My main priority now is to save this country. . “

Brazil is living through the darkest days of the pandemic to date. A new contagious variant infects even people who previously recovered from Covid-19, and hospitals are so full that they have begun to set aside new patients. Less than 10 million people in the population with 211 million people in Brazil have been vaccinated.

Amid what Brazilian research institute FioCruz described on Tuesday as “the biggest health and hospital collapse in Brazil’s history,” Da Silva’s appeals to Washington are urgent, but they are also particularly timely now that Biden is in the Oval Office, he said. “I ask President Biden to do it because I can’t … I don’t believe in my government. So I couldn’t ask for it for Trump, but Biden is a breath of fresh air for democracy in the world.”