Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things.
For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease.
My first trip to China was in 2017. I visited the French Concession in Shanghai, admiring the many London plane trees. I strolled the Bund, the city’s waterfront promenade, looking out over the Huangpu River. I went to Beijing to see the Forbidden City and hiked part of the Great Wall, which was far more challenging than I had anticipated.
But no matter where we went, I noticed something, even through the fog of jet lag: I was being stared at. One afternoon as I stood on a sidewalk in Shanghai, a passenger on a bus pointed at me and laughed. It was a reminder that I was the only black woman in a sea of Chinese faces, and that for many, I didn’t belong.
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation launched a rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund will support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities.
Karl-Anthony Towns and others are supporting COVID-19 relief
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has announced he’ll donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for testing for the COVID-19 virus. The Minnesota-based medical system said the money will help increase capacity for COVID-19 testing from 200 to more than 1,000 per day.
On the right, please find local United Ways that are supporting their communities. Each one has set up a COVID -19 fund. Please help your community by disseminating this information to make sure that no one is left behind.
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