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NQAPIA denounces racist attacks stemming from COVID-19 fears
2020-03-17

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) issued a statement denouncing "racist attacks, discrimination, and blatant xenophobia that has occurred in light of COVID-19 CoronaVirus."

NQAPIA said, "While the coronavirus poses a very real threat, public reaction has led to subsequent harm. We have seen multiple cases of Asian Americans being attacked, a decline in customers at Asian-owned establishments, and discrimination at work and in public spaces. While the presence of Asians and Asian Americans in public spaces is being increasingly perceived as a threat, we take a moment to recognize and stand with the black, latinx, indigenous, first nations, and Muslim communities for whom this is a daily reality. We urge our community to work with us to combat xenophobia and misinformation.

"We recognize that there is intense fear over the threat of COVID-19 and encourage our community to educate themselves, wash their hands, and quell the rising misinformation and widespread fear."

The organization also provided links for staying healthy, including CDC.gov .


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