Racism within COVID-19
By Freya Constable
Unity is important within our society as a whole, but it is especially important during a global crisis such as the one we are living through now. However, continuous and increasing racism within this pandemic is not only putting minorities at risk of discrimination but at risk for the virus.
According to CDC, or the Center for Disease Control, people from racial and ethnic minority groups are at a higher risk of getting sick, and potentially then dying, from the coronavirus. Due to inequality between these groups and those of others, opportunities have proven to be less fair when it comes to their emotional, physical and economic health and well-being.
The facts present all the information needed to prove this. Again according to the CDC, hospitalization rates and cases, in general, are at the very least between 2.5 to 4.5 times higher within Black, Hispanic and Native American groups. The causes for this are just as hard to take in as the facts. Discrimination, healthcare access and utilization, occupation, educational, income and wage gaps and housing are all factors contributing to the tragic reality that minorities are at more risk to the disease.
In addition to this, we can see an increase in hate crimes against the Asian community during the pandemic. Mainly due to the virus originating from Wuhan, unnecessary and hurtful ‘blaming’ has fallen upon them. Governments need to take action to prevent such attacks. However, we are not seeing enough being done. Not only are some governments not doing enough, but some important figureheads and leaders have enticed such attacks and supported the hate on the Asian community. Former president of the United States Donald Trump continuously describes the Coronavirus as ‘the China virus’, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to it as ‘the Wuhan virus’. The wrongful naming of the virus, which should properly be named the Coronavirus or COVID-19, was amid Trump’s inadequate control of the quick-spreading pandemic in the United States. Many other parties and groups have added to the fire, including many European countries.
The pandemic has already given its set of limitations on the coming future and will continue to do so for everyone. However, before we can think about getting back to normal life, we need to think about the present; how we can act to make life better for those greatly struggling due to the needless and cruel crimes against them. Share the message and act with kindness.