Asian Hate

The COVID-19 virus appears to have emerged from Wuhan, China. A number of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans followed. It is believed that many of those were the result of the attackers blaming those victims for the virus itself. The situation was seemingly exacerbated when some politicians, particularly former President Trump, began calling the virus the "China Virus."


Is it fair to identify a virus that seems to have emerged from a country by a name that references that country? Is it foreseeable that ignorant thugs will use that as an excuse to target Americans who look like their ancestors may have come from that country? Should speech be policed to prevent the ignorant from targeting the innocent?