Stop coronavirus-pretext racism, United Nations say


This 28 April 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus: Asian actors hit back at anti-Asian racism

Several high profile Asian actors are fighting back against racism towards the Asian community amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. They were blamed for spreading the coronavirus as the first cases were reported in China. A ‘Wash the hate’ campaign has been circulating on social media to raise awareness about racism.

From AFP news agency, 8 May 2020:

Coronavirus Has Sparked “Tsunami Of Hate And Xenophobia“: UN Chief

According to Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”

United Nations, United States:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an “all-out effort” to end the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, without naming specific countries.

“The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,” Guterres said in a statement.

“Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred.”

According to Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”

Meanwhile, “contemptible memes have emerged suggesting” that older people, some of the most vulnerable to the virus, “are also the most expendable”, he said.

Additionally, “journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs“, Guterres said.

The UN chief appealed for “an all-out effort to end hate speech globally”, and singled out educational institutions to help teach “digital literacy” to young people — whom he called “captive and potentially despairing audiences.”

Guterres also called on “the media, especially social media companies, to do much more to flag and… remove racist, misogynist and other harmful content.”

5 thoughts on “Stop coronavirus-pretext racism, United Nations say

  1. It was sad to read. I live in neighbourhood that don’t like black or Asian. I’m the only black person well with my kids living in my neighbourhood. When my neighbours see me leave my house to go back inside their houses. I have lived at my home for over 18years. I wrote my neighbours years to tell about myself because I got dog shit on my door step etc. Racism has never gone away it’s just masked.

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