The President of the United States often refers to SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus as the “Chinese Flu” or “Kung Flu.” Is Trump that ignorant, or is he trying to shift the blame to China? One thing is sure: Asian-Americans are paying the price for what some are calling the “Trump Virus.”
Hate crimes are on the rise. Asian-Americans are becoming the target of violent hate crimes in the United States. There were over 800 incidents of crimes against Asian people in California in the last three months alone. The spike in cases corresponded with the President’s use of the racial slur names for COVID-19.
In one incident, a man attacked an Asian-American family at a shopping mall in Texas. The father and his two children were all stabbed. The children were just 2 and 6 years old, and the older son was slashed in the face. The FBI has confirmed this was a hate crime.