DALY CITY, CA — “Why do you keep calling it the Chinese virus? There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans in this country — why do you keep using this?”
“Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no.”
This is President Donald Trump infamously defending his use of labeling COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” on April 28.
Many have attributed the president’s words to an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country amid the pandemic.
Various elected leaders and Asian American personalities, like Fil-Am actor Nico Santos, have spoken out against the president’s rhetoric.
“You know, we saw the same sort of thing happen when the aids crisis was happening. People directed that sort of like fear and hate towards the LGBTQ community. When 9/11 happened, there was a lot of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment. Even people who actually weren’t Muslim or who weren’t of Middle Eastern descent, who said, if you just look like you work, if you’re basically you looked like you were brown or maybe came from that part of the world, you all of sudden, you know, bore the brunt of that of that hate.”
In the diverse San Francisco Bay Area, Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo has drafted a resolution that denounces hate and discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Therefore, be it resolved, the city council of the city of daly city that it does hereby denounce stigmatization hateful racism and xenophobia during the COVID-19 pandemic, against particular groups of people, notably Asian Americans, immigrants, and health care workers,” said Manalo. “Being coughed at or even spat at, or even being harassed physically should never ever happen to anyone. And during COVID-19 there has been a rise and increase in these type of hate crimes and hate actions across the nation.”
A 2018 viral video of a white woman making racist remarks at a Filipino-Latino couple in line at a Daly City supermarket — prompted then-Mayor Manalo to create the United Against Hate resolution.
It is now a resolution adopted by all cities within San Mateo county.
“It was through the San Mateo API caucus that this initiative formed and proud to say that the city of Daly City was at the forefront in releasing the first resolution to do so.”
According to the Stop AAPI Hate April report of over 1,400 hate crime incidents, 70 percent involved verbal harassment. AAPI women were also harassed 2.3 times more than AAPI men.