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How the “Chinese virus” stigma impacts inclusion
COVID-19 is having many impacts on society – and it is also impacting inclusion. President Donald Trump called coronavirus (COVID-19) the “Chinese coronavirus” in a tweet on March 16th. When asked why he used that term, he responded in this video: ” ‘Cause it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate,”.
Shortly after, Texas Senator John Coryn disparaged China’s culture and defended President Trump’s use of the “Chinese virus” in this video. While many have criticized these statements as racist, these sentiments illuminate how the fear of the coronavirus is manifesting as racism and discrimination against people who are of Chinese or Asian descent.