Racism against Asian-Americans continues in Minnesota

There have been more incidents reported in the state.
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Despite pleas from state and national leaders, more incidents of racism targeting Asian-Americans are being reported in Minnesota.

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other leaders including Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan have spoken out against racially motivated attacks against the Asian-American community.

The community is being singled out by some because the COVID-19 virus originated in China, and there have been several incidents of this happening in Minnesota.

The most recent instance was shared on Facebook by Vanishia Yang, whose partner returned to their home in Woodbury and found an offensive note taped to their front door.

"We're watching you [expletive] [racist epithet] take the Chinese virus back to China," it says. "We don't want you hear [sic] infecting us with your diseases. – Your friendly neighborhood."

In her Facebook post, Yang says she has never experienced racism or discrimination during her time in Woodbury.

"Everyone here has always been kind to me so it is very disappointing that this happened at home," she wrote, saying she has reported the abuse to Woodbury Police Department.

"Chinese virus" is a phrase that has been repeated by some Republican politicians in an apparent effort to focus the blame for the escalating spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. on the nation where it originated.

President Donald Trump himself has used it on several occasions, though he has since condemned abuse targeting the community, saying: "It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world. They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it."

Another Asian-American who has been the subject to racial abuse this week is MPR News' southwest Minnesota reporter Hannah Yang.

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In a piece she wrote for MPR,  Yang says she was in a grocery store when she heard whispering behind her: "Trump should send them back. She looks diseased."

"I prayed that the voices weren’t referring to me," she wrote. "But sure enough, when I turned my head toward the direction of the whispers, I saw an older white couple who had their eyes on me with laser focus. They then began to go about their business like nothing had happened."

Last week, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff condemned a growing number of racist incidents against Asian-American students, parents and families within the school system.

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