Scapegoating Immigrants During Disease Outbreaks Has a Long History
The World Health Organization says terms like “Chinese virus” can unfairly stigmatize Asian Americans in a time of Covid-19. Scapegoating immigrants during disease outbreaks, from malaria to smallpox to leprosy, has a long history.
Today, with reports of physical and verbal attacks against Asian Americans rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines clarifying that people of Asian descent are not at greater risk of spreading the coronavirus than other Americans.
This video was created with support from a Brown Institute for Media Innovation grant recognizing a need for accurate information about the COVID-19 virus.