COVID-19 brings unjustifiable attacks against Asian-Americans

Hate crimes escalate in light of the pandemic

COVID-19 brings unjustifiable attacks against Asian-Americans

Laniyah Thornton

Since the first COVID-19 case appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, there have been a series of violent attacks on Asians in the U.S. Seeing the rise of attacks is heartbreaking. It’s frustrating to know that people are being harmed just because of their ethnicity.  

The COVID-19 virus originated in China from the consumption of a bat. COVID-19 has taken away a sense of normalcy and people are angry. Knowing that the virus came from China, people have blamed and carried out attacks against Asian people.

In July of 2020, a man was arrested after harassing an Asian woman on the subway in Bronx, New York. He spat on her and yelled at her, “Asians caused the virus!” and “Go back to China! Go back to Manhattan!” This is just one of the many attacks. I come from a race that has experienced its fair share of hate crimes, and this is unacceptable. It  needs to be taken head on.

In the spring and summer of 2020, we also saw Black people killed due to their skin color. These situations are relatively the same, as people are being targeted for their characteristics that they can not control. 

Just like the issue with Black lives, very little is being done about this situation. It is incredibly disappointing to know that people are being attacked and little to nothing is being done to prevent it. This is a serious issue and many fail to realize it.

I have personally seen Asian people be afraid of being attacked, and it’s horrible. It’s awful to watch someone fear that something is going to happen to them when they’ve done nothing wrong.

The last thing any human being should feel is fear due to their race. I want to see people reacting to the situation in an angry manner. I want people to understand that yes, things aren’t normal right now, but violence against innocent Asian people isn’t a way of solving things. We need to take action and have the same anger we did when we were protesting for the Black community. Hate crimes of any kind are completely unacceptable.