Imagine the world blaming you for a virus that is affecting everyone’s lives, including your own, solely based on your race. This is the sad truth for Asian people around the globe after the Covid-19 outbreak occurred.
Growing up in a relatively diverse area I knew there was existing prejudice against minorities, but I never experienced it myself. The area was somewhat of a bubble that hid me from the outside world. When the Covid-19 virus hit, my eyes were finally open to how brutal the world can be towards minorities. This virus gave an opportunity for white Americans and other races to have an outlet and release their frustration towards Asian Americans. An article states, “people attacking Asian Americans since the pandemic began “can’t really differentiate and don’t care if we are X, Y or Z”. They have made us a scapegoat to enact their violence.” It is sad to see people releasing their frustration on Asian people because the Covid-19 outbreak does not justify harassing and assaulting innocent people.
This caused many hardships for families and their businesses. As more information came out about Covid-19 and how it originated in China, there was a lot of backlash towards Asian Americans. Many Asian owned small businesses suffered a lot because of all this hate. Most of these small business were already struggling to get food on the table while keeping their business alive.
It was especially hard for the Asian American women. Many Asian women claimed that they were afraid to leave their houses. The number of cases of these women being assaulted or harassed have been rising. Being Asian American and a female, it was hard to hear the cases of Asian women being assaulted verbally and physically.
- An 89-year-old Chinese woman was slapped and set on fire by two people in Brooklyn, New York
- Two Asian American women were stabbed at a San Francisco bus stop; eyewitness reports say the assailant “casually walked away in broad daylight”
- An Asian American woman in New York City was struck in the head with a hammer by an unidentified assailant who demanded that she remove her mask
- New York police arrested a man who assaulted a woman during a protest against anti-Asian racism
- A Thai woman was brutally beaten and robbed of her phone while commuting on a train in San Francisco
Kimberle Crenshaw came up with this phrase about 30 years ago. She claims that, ” There are many, many different kinds of intersectional exclusions – not just black women but other women of color. Not just people of color, but people with disabilities. Immigrants. LGBTQ people. Indigenous people.” This shows that these Asian women are being oppressed through the color of their skin, their gender, and their class. According to the AAUP, intersectionality is important because, “As a structural and relational theory and a method or analytic tool, intersectionality is poised to reveal both the intersections of institutions, systems, and categorizations that produce oppression and the intersections of identity categorizations within individuals and groups.”
Overall, it was really hard to see Asian people going through such trauma for our society’s lack of openness and understanding. Intersectionality allows people to grasps how society categorizes them in the system of oppression. I hope that in the future people will be able to accept everyone for who they are and want to be. Also, not to judge others by their race, when there is so much more than the surface level.