Viral Racism: Fil-Am ‘good Samaritan’ spat on by white man
SAN FRANCISCO — A Filipino American school nurse in San Francisco says a white man spit on him and called him a “gook” as he tried to deliver prescriptions to a family shut in by the stay-at-home order.
It is another incident in the rising tide of anti-Asian bigotry resulting from the mis-identificationof COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
Kyle Navarro says their entire staff has been delivering groceries and medicine to students and their families.
Stunned, Navarro says he was comforted by a “lola” (grandmother).
“To the Lola who asked how I was, I let you know. You have no idea how much I needed that.”
To the racist older white man who spat at me & called me a “g**k” as I was delivering prescriptions to a family: No thank you
To the Lola who asked after how I was: I let you know, but you have no idea how much I needed that
Processing: Angry, saddened, & honoring my feelings.
Navarro also went on Twitter to acknowledge “Black, Brown, queer and trans have been experiencing the same hatred for ages.”
For context: I’m a School Nurse and amidst this current quarantine situation our school’s staff are delivering groceries, meds, etc. to our families/students – who all have a high level of need – and as I was unlocking my bicycle post-drop off all that happened.
It’s important to honor the very real reactions of myself and other Asians & Asian Americans to this racism, but also want to acknowledge that this is the kinda shit Black & Brown folx have been experiencing for ages. Even more so to those of queer &/or trans identities.