If you’re attacking old Asian people, I hope you run up on the wrong one
Xenophobia has reached bottom-of-the-barrel ignorance thanks to COVID-19
I may have seen one too many fictional movies of fight scenes. I may be stereotyping. But I want to be right so bad. In a recent “The Daily Show” report, Trevor Noah and Ronny Xin Yi Chieng discussed how criminals are confronting Asian senior citizens, knocking them down and fighting them. Between March 19, 2020 and December 31, 2020, ABC reports there were approximately 126 accounts of anti-Asian hate involving Asian Americans over 60 years old. Why? They’ve decided all Asians are responsible for coronavirus.
And my first thought was, “I cannot wait for the news brief about one of these criminals getting run up to get done up.” Whether you know the Crime Mob song or not, chances are you’ve seen someone seriously underestimate their opponent and lose that fight terribly. I’ve seen it time and time again. It was always someone taller, fatter, more muscular and way too cocky, who ended up flat on his (and her) ass. I have watched grown men get twisted into pretzels by men half their size all because they thought the weight room made them Tobias Whale or Thanos. It’s a lovely tragedy to watch.
They may be the toughest — at thinking. Physically though, they just have not met their match. But this optimistic (and mischievous) outlook is not particularly helpful for helpless senior citizens who need help now, and not just the strength and agility my imagination wants them to have.
Xenophobia was idiotic enough pre-COVID-19, but coronavirus has made the It’s-my-right-to-not-wear-a-face-mask crowd become even more irrational than usual. Somehow they’ve convinced themselves that every Asian person they encounter — regardless of whether these same attackers can point to Wuhan on a map — must be held accountable.