STOP MAKING CORONA VIRUS A RACIAL ABUSE EXCUSE

STOP MAKING CORONA VIRUS A RACIAL ABUSE EXCUSE

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I have read the other petition to urge NZ to stop Chinese nationals from entering the country. I don't think it is Chinese nationals but anyone who entered into China or any other contaminated area in past two weeks. 

I noticed there were many discussions on social media and at least half of those comments were racism.A newspaper in AU calling corona virus "Chinese virus",so they probably call HIV "African virus"? Calling a virus by where it was originally found? Is this going to help with preventing spreading of the virus? Thank goodness there is no deadly virus found in NZ so far otherwise it will be called "NZ virus"? Or a petition here calling to stop New Zealanders from entering a country, or stop Indian nationals from entering the country if this happened in India? Imagine if your workmate got cold,it is fine to say "stay away from me",but will you say something like "you got sick because you are pakeha/Maori etc.? Or because you are fat?

What I am trying to say here is this could happen in any country around the world, it is not going to help by blaming a specific ethical group. As far as I know from the news, Chinese govt has stopped tourism groups going overseas as soon as they realised how serious it was. Also checking passengers' temperature at Airport before they going on board. I saw people came out of Airport were wearing masks and Chinese tourists are wearing masks in South Island, they are doing their best to prevent this virus from spreading.

There are many Chinese residents here in NZ for quite a long time, and they probably have never been to China in past few years, they are just like you, like us, their children were born here, or themselves were born here, they have same value as all other NZers and they are Kiwis. Unfortunately some people here blaming them for what is happening in China because they judging people based on their colour and race, and we should realize this could happen to anyone, even those who are discriminating others.

For the Chinese-Kiwis, they are also worrying about the virus coming into NZ, and they probably also worrying about their families and friends in China, it is a shame that someone putting more pressure on them and making them feel hard during this difficult period of time. When we talking about how much money we made from exporting stuff to China, tourism, education, it is Okay if you don't want to help when they are in trouble, but at least not to say something which would hurt when others are in trouble? This will end eventually, and what you gonna do then, hey, we are friends again? Think about yourself and put yourself in the same situation. We are humans and it is called humanity.

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