The guidance advices members to only use the official name of the coronavirus, refer specifically to the governing Chinese Communist Party instead of all Chinese people, and avoid Cold War-style rhetoric.
According to data compiled by various Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crime reporting websites, there have been over 2,300 anti-Asian American hate incidents reported in just the last few months alone.
At its height, nearly 100 hate incidents were being reported each day.
“But instead of following the advice of its own experts, the Trump administration has decided on a strategy to recklessly stoke xenophobia and provoke anti-Asian bigotry.
And it is only getting worse now as the campaign rhetoric around China further escalates, with many agitating for a new Cold War.”