Kimora Lee Simmons Addresses COVID-19 Racism That Asian Americans Face: Call It Out When You See It!
During a press conference (March 18), Donald Trump made headlines after he labeled Covid-19 “The Chinese Virus”:
“Cause it comes from China. It’s not racist at all. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. I wanna be accurate.”
President Trump defends his use of “Chinese virus” to refer to COVID-19, telling @CeciliaVega it is “not racist at all.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 18, 2020
Directly after Donald Trump’s comments, Los Angeles based organization, Stop AAPI Hate, says that 1,716 incidents of coronavirus-related attacks have been directed at Asian Americans, between March 19 to April 30. The organization started in March, with the goal to record all incidents of coronavirus-related discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Kimora Lee Simmons, creator of the legendary 1990s brand Baby Phat, who had a big relaunch of the line last year says, we all have to do our part. Kimora Lee Simmons joined other Asian American designers to speak up against COVID-19 racism, she says:
“We each have a role to play in combating the virus but also racism. There are two sicknesses with a whole racially derogatory undertone that you have to fight at the same time. We have to combat it and treat each other with a little bit of respect because we’re all part of the bigger picture. We all have to do our part, call [racism] out when you see it, hear it or read about it.”
Kimora’s ex-husband Russell Simmons has also been very vocal about his thoughts of COVID-19, saying that the virus began by eating animals, and it would not exist if the world were Vegan.
He later apologized for his comments, what are your current thoughts on Covid-19? Let us know in the comments!