The Racial Prejudice: Personal Experiences

Within a multinational society in the United States, some students still deal with a variety of generally accepted stereotypes and misconceptions. In terms of the latest events regarding the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, I have personally faced some critical ethical biases as an East Asian student. As the virus reached a massive outbreak in the US, the problem with people treating individuals of Asian ethnicity has developed into racial prejudice. Based on my own experience, I have encountered several harsh insults and abusive comments towards my ethnic origin delivered by fellow students, as well as general partiality in the school settings. I have noticed that people commonly perceive every Asian American as the potential virus carrier and, therefore, might be extremely unfair to them. Some students could say to me to move back to where I am from, which I consider a genuinely racial offense.

The common panic and insufficient knowledge about the virus made people act rude and disorganized. I believe that these attitudes are meaningless because they exaggerate the situation that occurred across the globe. These comprehensive ethnic misperceptions refer to entire Asian diasporas and international students, eliminating them from the American racial ideology in the face of oppression in society and educational environments. Others need to understand that my ethnicity is not a virus and that tolerant attitudes matter. I think that such panic enhanced by hurtful and negative behaviors towards myself and many other Asian students can be explained by human nature and our fear of the unknown. People are inclined to be negative towards situations that seem hard to control or maintain, instead of following the safety measures. The pandemic revealed the inhuman aspects of people that usually hide beneath the complex surface of ordinary life. One’s personality is a pyramid of underlying interests that control oneself and make one act accordingly. Therefore, humans have an innate need to be oppressed to the appropriate extent, and counteracting such oppression becomes a vital concern in life.