Former President Donald Trump’s use of racist slurs to explain the coronavirus despatched “a chill” by means of the Asian American group, actor George Takei recalled on Friday.
“Immediately, it’s a chill that goes out into the community. Or worse, it’s a frigid cold that goes out,” the “Star Trek” star instructed MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
“I mean, I’m not likely to be targeted,” Takei acknowledged. “But we have grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and we are concerned.”
“It’s a chill that goes out throughout the country,” he added.
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Earlier within the interview, which centered on this week’s killing of six girls of Asian descent at Atlanta-area therapeutic massage parlors, Takei mentioned he believed that the function of the president is important to debunking dangerous stereotypes about Asian Americans.
Biden’s condemnation of anti-Asian racism “is in dramatic contrast to the has-been, gone president who continued to play to the ignorant and the racists in America by continuing to refer to the coronavirus as the ‘China flu’ or ‘kung flu,’” mentioned Takei.
“Some are led by the masses,” Takei added. “Others truly lead and educate and enlighten, and that’s what President Biden is doing.”
Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and use of racist epithets all through the pandemic to distract from his administration’s mishandling of the disaster “likely perpetuated racist attitudes,” in keeping with a study published within the American Journal of Public Health. STOP AAPI HATE final 12 months mentioned Trump was the highest “superspreader” of anti-Asian racism.
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