Andrew Han Professor Sipes English 2367 2 February 2021Han of 16Racism is Trending: Bringing myself to write this paper was quite a struggle. I found it difficult to find a source that covered racial issues as well as representing myself as an Asian American. Although I couldn’t find an applicable article, the correlation between the current pandemic and racism towards Asians was undeniably obvious. With the COVID-19 virus negatively impacting millions of lives, racist attacks towards people of color have skyrocketed. Over the course of the pandemic, hundreds of videos have gone viral on social media of violence striking minority groups; especially African and Asian Americans. With the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, many Asian Americans like 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee, Romey Kang, and Christian Hall have all suffered and even passed due to hate crimes and racism. These crimes reflect the devastating “Red Summer” riots that took place nearly a century ago, which happened to be partnered with the Spanish Flu pandemic. Racism and attacks upon minorities during a pandemic is largely enhanced due to the fear and sensitivity of the general population, causing many to take up an immortality complex, resulting in an outbreak of both the virus and hate crimes towards people of color; threatening society as a whole.
Andrew Han Professor Sipes English 2367 2 February 2021Han of 26“Historians tend to say that history doesn’t repeat itself. But, in this case, it does feel like it rhymes.” — Robert Greene II In 1919, hundreds of African Americans were slain due to a push for civil rights by “soldiers and vigilantes” which accurately resemble todays police and white supremacists (Greene II). The history of the police itself is racist. Police in the South were formed to preserve