A video captured in B.C. is going viral on social media this weekend, after a racist encounter unfolded in a Burnaby parking lot. A man’s racist rant about the coronavirus was caught on film, and it has since been shared on Instagram by the person whose family were reportedly targeted.
According to an Instagram post from a woman who identifies as Taiwanese - Canadian, a person allegedly approached her mother and sister in a Metrotown parking lot on Thursday.
The stranger allegedly called out, “Hey, you dropped something.”
One family member begins to film the incident, and the man can then be heard saying, “I said 'you dropped your coronavirus!'”
Responding, the person filming says, "I'm so sorry, but I think that was a very racist comment."
"You can't just look at me and assume I am Chinese."
The man goes on to say, "I've said it to ten different people" as the clip ends.
Ingrid Chang, who originally posted the clip of her family's encounter told Narcity, "No one should talk to anyone like that. The joke in general was insensitive and in poor taste."
Since the video was posted on Thursday evening, it has had more than 20,000 views and has been shared across Facebook and WeChat.
Speaking to Narcity on Saturday, Chang explained, "I posted the video not to start a hating session or to manhunt for the person involved, but to simply show that this happened and that it made me and my family uncomfortable."
She went on to add, "It's not about hating on the guy who did it, but how his actions at that time were inappropriate."
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While Chang admitted that she wasn't sure if the man's actions had deliberate racist intent, she said, "making the subject into a joke and a meme, and something so normal, can actually have practical consequences if the mindset becomes widespread."
For example, Chang said, "Spreading misconceptions or even just the online bullying that has been appearing against Chinese people."
"It's humiliating, having someone laugh at you while you're trying to figure out what's going on."
She concluded, "I just hope people can have a bit more respect towards each other!"
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Speaking earlier this week, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam had a similar message for those using the coronavirus to target Asian communities.
“These actions create a divide of us versus them,” she tweeted. “Canada is a country built on deep-rooted values of respect, diversity and inclusion.”