Fake Flyers with WHO Symbol Put up in California, City Fighting Discrimination Against Asian-Americans
A flyer in Los Angeles’ Carson region, with a faux seal of WHO, tells residents to avoid Asian-American businesses like Panda Express due to a coronavirus epidemic.
A Los Angeles middle schooler was beaten and hospitalized after students say he’s as an Asian-American with coronavirus.
And more than 14,000 people sign a petition urging schools in Alhambra to close over coronavirus fears, even though there is only one case of the virus in LA County, with its inhabitants of 10.1 million.
These are a few of the lies, assaults, and rumors Los Angeles authorities spoke out against Thursday to stamp out anti-Asian injustice bubbling to the surface in California, where half of the 15 U.S. coronavirus cases are found.
Bullying of Asian-Americans is being reported from New York to New Mexico, sparked by unfounded fears that they’re someway linked to a virus that originated in China.
With by far the largest Asian-American population of any U.S. state, officials in California are aggressively attempting to get ahead of such hate crimes before they spread.
Existing discrimination against Asians has combined with media photographs from China to create fears that Asian-Americans are more likely to be virus carriers.
The discrimination may worsen given possibilities the virus might spread in U.S. neighborhoods in the weeks and months ahead.
Face masks commonly worn by Asians to shoild against germs or prevent their spread have become a flashpoint, with wearers insulted or attacked out of fears they have the virus, he stated at the news conference.