One of the Times-Herald columnists likes to use the term “Chinese virus,” recently being proud that he can use it to aggravate his “liberal friends.”
The problem with his term is that it gives implied permission to people with xenophobic leanings to act out their hate. It’s a fact that “Reports of xenophobia against Asian Americans continue to rise.” There have been “hundreds of attacks on Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic.” Every use of a term like “Chinese virus” fosters that hate.
Some will consider my call to be a plea for “political correctness.” The issue is not “political correctness.” The issue is respect for all people.
From a recent meditation by a local pastor: "I believe God wants us to reject clearly the voices of hatred, words designed to divide, words that stoke anger and feed bigotry. In our shared public lives together, and around our kitchen tables, we cannot be faithful to God if we’re not faithful to our brothers and sisters — all of them. We cannot love God if we don’t love our brothers and sisters — all of them.”