• Chantal Canales

COVID-19 and Microaggressions

2020 will live in infamy as one of the most memorable years, and not in a good way. So far, 2020 has given us COVID-19, wildfires in Australia, the deaths of legends such as Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Along with COVID-19 came microaggressions against Asian-Americans in our country. Since China has been identified as the source of the disease, there has been an uproar of hate and aggression towards Asian-Americans in our country. President Donald Trump has gone on the record on several occasions calling COVID-19 the "Chinese Virus" and calling it "not racist at all." The President claims to use the term "Chinese Virus" as a means of identifying the country that COVID-19 originated, however, it is microaggression against Asians and Asian-Americans.

I have many friends that identify as Asian-Americans, and my heart hurts for them as people continue to call COVID-19 the Chinese Virus. Identifying a particular race as the cause of the pandemic is not okay. For the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, to call COVID-19 the "Chinese Virus" is beyond a microaggression and more of an attack against Asian Americans in our country and Asians around the world. In an already-charged world where people are trying to stay safe and survive 2020, President Trump and others like him that use that terminology are adding more fire to fire.