The outbreak of COVID-19 is not an excuse for racism and hate crimes. However, not only am I seeing the world suffering, I’m also hearing and seeing the racism and xenophobia that comes with it. As a Taiwanese/Chinese/Asian person during this pandemic, I know that my Asianness does not make me more susceptible to catching … Continue reading Asian Christians are Fighting COVID…and Racism
Cities like Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and New Orleans are all reporting over 70% of their respective COVID-19 deaths being among black people, with similar trends extending through the states at-large. In New York City, which boasts the most cases in the country, Blacks and Latinos are dying at twice the rate of white people and five to six times more than their respective population percentages. This time last week St. Louis was reporting that 100% of its known COVID-19 deaths are among African Americans.
Yesterday, Andrew Yang published an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for Asian Americans to respond to the rise of anti-Asian racist incidents by proving our “American-ness.” We are living in a time when the President explicitly weaponizes anti-Asian rhetoric, ICE quietly conducts mass deportations of Southeast Asians, and our sense of belonging in this … Continue reading How Andrew Yang Missed The Mark Responding To COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism
On Tuesday, March 24, against the advice of public health experts who project the ongoing, increasing spread of the deadly pandemic, the President called for the end of our life-saving social distancing by this Easter. He said that, on Easter, the churches would be packed. But Easter is the triumph of love over death. Of … Continue reading Love will Empty Our Churches this Easter
I remember meandering through the magazine aisle at my local grocery store to look at design magazines. To be honest, it was an excuse for my closeted self to ogle the muscle-bound bodybuilders covered in sweat, wearing next to nothing. What was not to love? My eyes traveled to a handsome, preppy, all-American looking guy … Continue reading How Could LGBTQ+ Christians Respond to Aaron Schock Coming Out?
The social determinants of health are the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, and includes one’s neighborhood and built environment, economic stability, social and community context, health and healthcare, and education. The social determinants of COVID-19 are on full display here in the United States and the … Continue reading The Social Implications of a Medical Crisis