Keeping Peace During the Holidays

Azana W., Art and Culture Reporter

When we first found out about COVID-19, we knew little to nothing about it, which caused panic. Americans bought out all the toilet paper, cases of water, and canned foods they could find. During this time of confusion and distress, many people attacked and blamed Asians for the virus, calling it the “Chinese Virus.” Asian-Americans were attacked simply for being Asian. For those who know their history, this situation may sound familiar.

While COVID-19 is currently impacting our daily life, December is also National AIDS Awareness Month. For today’s youth, AIDS may be considered an old disease that disappeared over the years, but the disease is still here, and people still live with it. There are many parallels between the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knew anything about what AIDS was, and as a result, violence against marginalized groups rose.

December is a time for all of us to reflect on the way we can treat others with kindness, and it is also National AIDS Awareness Month. The racist violence that occurred as a result of fear during this pandemic was unnecessary, and could have been prevented if we showed more concern for others. The Christmas season is an ideal time to consider ways we can spread kindness and put a stop to the spread of violence. 


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