As the novel coronavirus ripples across the U.S., Asian Americans have reported harassment and attacks. At the same time, some leaders and media outlets have used and defended the use of terms like “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus.” In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Robert Griffin, John Sides and Michael Tesler present new Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape data showing that the number of Americans holding negative views of Asian people and China is rising as the crisis escalates. The authors urge leaders to stop using rhetoric that inflames racial tensions — and for others to call out those leaders who continue to use inflammatory rhetoric.
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