Jeremy Lin blasted Donald Trump for labeling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” tweeting this week that the U.S. President was emboldening racism toward Asians.
“I wish you would powerfully support the vulnerable people that will suffer due to our mismanagement of this virus, including those that will be affected by the racism you’re empowering,” Lin tweeted. “And I don’t wanna hear about no German measles/Spanish flu (because) everyday Asian-Americans including (people) I know are threatened and physically attacked. I don’t give a crap about the history of names (right now). What I do know is this subtle anti-Chinese message only empowers more hate towards Asians.”
Lin, who signed with the Beijing Ducks in the in the Chinese Basketball Association, added that he couldn’t allow Trump’s comments to stand unchecked.
“I’m not good with the old school Asian model minority stigma where we won’t speak up or stand up for ourselves,” he said. “In times like now, we truly, truly need to stay united. Let’s fight this virus TOGETHER!! Wash your hands, practice social distancing, take this seriously, stay safe.”
Trump referenced COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” three separate times on Twitter recently. He claims it’s only because of the disease’s origin in Wuhan but, as Lin noted, the label fosters anti-Asian sentiment.
One of Trump’s tweets, in particular, was a transparent attempt to blame the Chinese for America’s problems.
“For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you,” Trump tweeted. “The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever!”