By: David Nakamura
Joe Biden has banned the phrases “China Virus and Kung Flu” to protect the sensitivity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. On the same day, he weaponized the Department of Homeland Security by calling conservatives “terrorists.” The coronavirus is widely believed today to have been created in a lab in Wuhan China…that’s why it’s been referred to as a China Virus, not as a racist epithet.
Here’s the section in Biden’s executive action that obliquely ties Trump’s “China virus” and “Kung flu” rhetoric to increased abuse of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders… Biden’s order mostly centers on ordering federal agencies to denounce and reject such language:
“The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVIC-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin. Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and have perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment and hate crimes AAPI persons.
* Not really the President