Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Trump is Being Sued $22.9 Million for Calling COVID-19 the “China Virus”

#StopAsianHate

Credit: Gage Skidmore/ Flickr.com

Donald Trump is being sued $22.9 million by the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition for his use of derogatory terms to describe the Coronavirus during his term as president. 

In-office, Donald Trump would address the COVID-19 disease as the “China virus,” the “Wuhan virus,” and the “Kung Flu.”

Since then, the CACC has filed a lawsuit for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit argues Trump’s derogatory language contributed to an increase in violence against Asian immigrants, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. 

According to TMZ, each $1 from the lawsuit represents every Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the United States; in total, this equates to about $22.9 million. The CACC intends to use the money to establish a museum honoring the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the U.S.  

Stop AAPI Hate 

Cases of xenophobia and anti-Asian violence have surged during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to a study by the University of California San Francisco, various anti-Asian hashtags began trending on Twitter after Donald Trump addressed the coronavirus as “the Chinese virus” back in March 2020. 

Yulin Hswen , the study’s lead director, mentions in the report: 

“These results may be a proxy of growth in anti-Asian sentiment that was not as prevalent as before,”

Hswen later adds:

“Using racial terms associated with a disease can result in the perpetuation of further stigmatization of racial groups.”

The recent rise in anti-Asian hate has led to dire consequences. According to Stop AAPI Hate, a total of 6,603 Asian hate crimes/ cases have been reported from March 2020 to March 2021. In their national report, 2,410 incidents comprised the first three months of 2021, while the 4,193 cases comprised the last nine months of 2020.

Stop AAPI Hate noted the cases counted in the survey only represent a fraction of all anti-Asian hatred; most anti-Asian cases are left unreported.

For information on how to help the AAPI community and other resources click here

Written By

Dharma is a writer and creator based in San Diego.

Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

Cive Stafford Smith, human rights lawyer who has spent over 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the U.S...

News

Ovidio Guzman, son of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo', was finally captured. In a bedroom, nearly 50 weapons were found. Amongst these was an...

News

Japan’s birth rate has collapsed over the past 40 years with under 800,000 children born in 2022 – the lowest since records began.   

News

The USA has reached lowest numbers in a decade for interested people considering migrating.

News

ChatGPT is an AI software that is causing a storm. It is an online model of code that has the ability to produce conversations...

News

A Mexican gray wolf named Asha was captured by The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish this week. Read about her controversial trek.

News

By offering them in exchange for taking their pledge against hatred, UF Hillel is fighting antisemitism one bagel at a time.

News

Moving forward, Republican voters and lawmakers must define "pro-life" for their party.

News

In 2020, over an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Mr. Roiland was charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one...

News

Another bogus public lawsuit from Trump backfired in his face... and this one is large!