There has been a recent increase in violence to the Asian American community. Even though medical science has produced vaccines to thwart the effects of Novel Coronavirus and the number of cases are decreasing in the country and around the world, many still choose to believe the erroneous and false conspiracy theory of the person who calls it “the China Virus” and suggested the drinking of bleach could help eradicate it. There is something intrinsically evil in the hearts of people who hate people because they are different than themselves. I think people who hate other people because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or orientation do so because they have something lacking in themselves and use the old trick of deflection to cover their own sense of inferiority. Of course, those of us who are Black know the vile and viciousness of racism and discrimination all too well. Maybe that is why we sympathize and empathize so easily with anyone else who becomes victim to them. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
With that being said, we must all watch how we treat each other when we ourselves are not the immediate target of discrimination at a given time. I say this because I personally have been the target of discrimination from persons of Asian descent. I have had to rely on my Christian discipline to help me not focus on the scripture that says, “You reap what you sow”. Some of you may have shopped in Asian owned establishments or sought real estate in Asian dominated communities and received less than hospitable treatment. We must always remember that out of one blood, God created us all. We should not allow a person’s ethnicity or culture to prevent us from treating them with anything but respect. We must join together and fight for justice, equality, and decency for all people.