Gov. Steve Sisolak is pushing back against racism directed toward the Asian-American community amid the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus, Asians have become the target of racism, hate and vitriol with people like President Donald Trump referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.”
News outlets from around the country have reported that such language has resulted in an increase of anti-Asian sentiment as well as Asian-owned establishments seeing a decline in business.
In a statement Sisolak released Wednesday he noted, correctly, that the virus doesn’t discriminate.
“As our State deals with the impacts of COVID-19, it remains more important than ever to continue separating fact from fiction and showing support for all Nevadans, especially our significant Asian-American communities that have been unfairly stigmatized and harmed by misconceptions and misinformation about the virus,” Sisolak said. “COVID-19 originated in China, but it in no way targets Chinese-American or other Asian-American individuals at higher rates than other races or ethnicities.”
He went on to encourage Nevadas to “show support for their fellow human beings during this challenging time, and remember that we are all in this together.”