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Telling The Truth About Wuhan Coronavirus? Yeah, That's Racist

Jeff Katz
March 13, 2020 - 2:16 pm

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) claimed Thursday that using the term "Chinese coronavirus" is part of the "rapid spreading of racism and xenophobia," in America since the outbreak of the virus.

The "Squad" member made the remarks at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing and said that using the term "Chinese coronavirus" is harmful and "painful" to immigrants living in the United States, despite the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China. 

Pressley said, "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen not only the spreading of the virus, but also a rapid spreading of racism and xenophobia. We have witnessed at the highest levels, in fact, the Republican Party fanning irresponsibly these flames. One colleague tweeted that 'Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus.'"

She continued, "My district is home to nearly 32 percent foreign-born residents with more than a quarter immigrating from Asia. This painful rhetoric has consequences. Restaurants across Boston's Chinatown have seen up to an 80 percent drop in business, and I believe this has everything to do with the rapid spread of misinformation and paranoia. It is critical that we stand against these inciteful messages … in our communities."