Fracturing, shattering, social disharmony,
An invisible threat makes them reach for their armoury.
Seeking a scapegoat to bestow all the blame,
Fingers land on my heritage and then comes the shame.
Where I see my skin they see yellow-stained targets,
To launch insult missiles and harsh verbal rockets.
The air is an echo of “Go back to your country,”
Makes me realise that fear dissolves all of our unity.
These times are distressing, frustrations run high,
But no reason for feral, wild fury to fly.
They forget that their struggles are shared by us too,
That none want this virus nor to bring it to you.
The world is in pain and overburdened by stresses,
But hurting your equals won’t guarantee successes.
Compassion, respect, please keep that in mind,
I’m Asian, not a death threat, so treat me in kind.
I’ve written this in response to hearing about cruel attacks on individuals of Asian (and particularly Chinese) descent as a result of this pandemic. I thankfully have not personally experienced any discrimination, but seeing such incidents on the news is deeply upsetting and also frightening. Being born and raised in Australia, I’ve always valued and been proud of our multi-culturalism and being able to celebrate people from different backgrounds. Whilst these are trying times and I can see how fear can breed irrational behaviour, attacking innocent people is wrong and there will never be a justification for it. We are all in the same boat, we are living through the same struggles and there is no excuse to use an entire race/nationality as a punching bag. Be kind. Stay safe.