Mumtaz Moosa Saley
Social media is abuzz with stories of racism after the outbreak of the Coronavirus globally.
Recently there was a story about a popular coffee shop where a young girl was upset that an Asian national was standing behind her and accused him of having Coronavirus.
Since the outbreak, people who identify as Asian have been subjected to racist remarks both online and in-person. Yesterday we saw a few cases in the media
highlighting assaults as well.
On Monday Jonathan Mok shared images of his attack in London, while he was told to go back to his country. Mok had said that he feels that the virus outbreak has become an excuse for racism in the country.
Times like these remind us that we must continuously disrupt and address issues of hate and bias, which often find their ways into schools. It is important as we know students are watching or listening to this rhetoric online on social media. Many children spend hours online a day and it’s likely that hate speech is gathered from social media.
Many kids are faced with incorrect facts focusing on what people in china eat, due to false information online and by some news networks as well and this all adds to the growing fear that is surrounding the pandemic at this current time. Parents need to talk to children and allow them to understand that the pandemic should not be an excuse for racism and xenophobia.