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An upsurge in racism and xenophobia against people of Asian descent has emerged as one of the most troubling repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the virus’ global reach, many Asian Americans are being targeted and treated as carriers, with reports of verbal and even physical attacks increasing at alarming rates.

Confusion and anger over the virus’s origins have been clumsily and dangerously misplaced, enabled by President Trump’s insistent references to the “Chinese virus” as he blame-shifts away from his administration’s scant response.

Racist sentiments against Asian Americans is, of course, not a phenomenon unique to the pandemic.

We’re tired of being rendered invisible and silenced, and we are not here to justify to anyone that anti-Asian racism is real.

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