The lepers stayed outside the gate because no one wanted them. In like manner, the Chinese are being stigmatised because everyone thinks they are responsible for the Coronavirus.
I participated in the ongoing International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany until this evening; The salon is where one expects to meet with lots of business people like us as it is strictly for professionals. Among these are worldwide manufacturers of different toys, and in particular, Chinese manufacturers and trading companies.
Due to the ongoing global alert about the Coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, there has been ongoing stigmatisation of the Chinese in France. Most of them are dual nationals, and they have started reporting maltreatment that ranges from people hurling unpleasant words at them; some refusing to sit in transport with them, and so many disgusting behaviours towards these Chinese people.
Then I witnessed it myself. Before arriving at Nuremberg, part of the business agreement we had was to visit the China booth at the salon. That was what we did. At the salon, the companies were distributed across Hall 1 to 12. The China booth was in Hall 10, although there were lots of Chinese companies dispersed here and there. However, the majorities had their stands at Hall 10. To get there, we had to go through all the halls, and we started at Hall 3. We stopped and visited many stands in several buildings. There, we found it challenging to discuss with many manufacturers because there were so many people. We ended exchanging cards, promising to get in touch.
Shockingly, when we reached Hall 10 where the Chinese companies, it was deserted. We can count one or two Europeans there; otherwise, the rest were Chinese business people. Then it dawned on me! Everyone fled this section because of the Coronavirus. Majority of the toys we passed at the other halls were produced in China. Unfortunately, at this critical time, everyone seems to be running away from the Chinese.
Such an attitude reveals the hypocrisy of people. It was like this during the Ebola virus. People avoided Africans as if they were plagues. Unlike Jesus, no one in our world wants to die for the other. It has turned to be ‘To your tent, oh individual ‘. The truth must be told that a virus is no respecter of any location or person just like death. Why stigmatise? Why the hatred?
Who provides support for those in need if people ran away?