It's a terrible time to be Asian right now. Hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. have , with almost a third of Americans blaming China or Chinese people for the coronavirus pandemic. Asian people are being , , and killed with alarming regularity, prompting many to feel apprehensive about being out in public.
"Anti-Asian attacks are happening out in the open for all to see," said Full Frontal host Samantha Bee noted during Wednesday's episode. "It's like if Pennywise didn't bother hiding in the sewer and just went shopping for kids at Chuck E. Cheese."
Unfortunately, as Bee noted, none of this is new. Racism against Asian people has a long and disgusting history in the West, featuring arson, lynchings, and massacres. This isn't even the first time Asian people have been scapegoated and accused of spreading disease, with Santa Ana, California burning down Chinatown in 1906 after an alleged case of leprosy. Read more...More about Samantha Bee, Asians, Culture, Identities, and Activism