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Chinese virus.

These derogatory terms are inextricably linked to images of Asian bodies as disease vectors.

When the leader of a nation racializes a virus, he grants its citizens sanction to not only act on underlying racist attitudes but to amplify it.

While it is accurate that COVID-19 originated from Wuhan, and while it is true that the government in Beijing covered up its severity in critical early days, racializing the virus only increases false blame and misperception — leading to displaced racism that exacerbates anguish caused by the pathogen.

It relieves responsibility from the administration for its mishandling of the virus and renders Asians the convenient culprit.

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