Sisolak: Virus doesn’t discriminate, people shouldn’t either

Gov. Steve Sisolak announcing the closure of Nevada casinos, bars, and other businesses March 17. (KLAS-TV video feed screen shot)
Gov. Steve Sisolak announcing the closure of Nevada casinos, bars, and other businesses Tuesday. (KLAS-TV video feed screen shot)

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.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.