COVID-19-related discrimination has dropped from its peak in April but still persists for Asian, Black and Latino Americans, new research suggests — and experts say there are steps anyone can take to help eradicate it.
Black (9%) and Latino Americans (9%) were nearly twice as likely as white people to report this experience.
A recent Pew Research Center survey showed a similar trend, finding that 39% of Asian Americans and 38% of Black Americans — compared to 27% of Hispanic Americans and 13% of white Americans — said people had acted uncomfortable around them because of their race or ethnicity since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Asian and Black Americans were also more likely to report being the subject of jokes or slurs, and fearing threats or physical attacks.
“Both of these are influencing the experiences that Asian Americans and Black Americans are reporting.”Mtshali traced the origins of this discrimination, in part, back to historical racist imagery of Asian Americans related to lack of cleanliness and contagious disease.