For Asian Americans, though, the damage is done.
What is horrifying about coronavirus racism is not that it is new, or that it hits the “wrong” Asians.
(Although some Asian Americans have also been fiercely progressive advocates for racial and economic justice, even beyond our own little corner.)
That’s why it’s so important to keep reminding ourselves that coronavirus racism is far from unique.
Asian Americans’ fixation on Asian-specific racism elides the bigger story.