I guess I’m more affected than I dare to admit. The last few months I’ve been seeing all these horrible videos of Asian people getting harassed in public, hashtags that says #Asianlivesmatter. When I first noticed the hashtags I scoffed thinking right another drama.
Now that #blacklivesmatter cooled down they must heat something up, but the videos popping up in my mobile app started eating on me.
One woman filming herself in Germany nearly punched in the face by a passing stranger. An Asian couple riding a bike in the US called 911 out of fear when a people trailed after them throwing rocks at them shouting “Coronavirus!” another was secret footage of a worker being harassed in the restaurant kitchen because she’s Asian, saying the virus comes from there and how dirty the country was.
A black man (ironically) was backing away screaming at someone saying something about go back to China and stop bringing the virus to another country. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the majority of the black people I encountered, and have plenty of sweet stories to tell about them, it’s just the man in this video struck a chord inside me.
I even saw comments on Filipina Tiktok videos “Go back to your country” (she belong to the country as she’s adopted by white parents. Her only family,) and some others calling them coronavirus.
Yesterday, I got a message in a writing group of depressing news that 6 out of 8 women were killed in a shot-out.
I can mention more but you get the point.
I let this stupid issue brush over me like nothing, but today I woke up sweating and shaking in fear. I had a nightmare that I can’t even go to the supermarket without getting harassed and got my Eurasian son hurt.
I’m not going to scream #asianlivesmatter because ALL LIVES MATTER.
I know how frustrating is it to go through a lockdown, and hardship that still follows us today, but does an entire race has to pay for something we didn’t even wish for?
Lately, the only thing that cheers me up is visiting my Instagram and talk about books to other bookworms. I don’t know when I’ll really fully return to blogging.
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