The NAACP stands with the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in reinforcing the reality that viruses are not ethnic-specific. The CAPAA and the NAACP reject race and location-specific labels to describe COVID-19.
Today, in Washington and nationwide, reports of hate crimes targeting Asian people are on the rise. In their best practices for naming diseases, the World Health Organization explicitly warns against naming diseases after locations, cognizant of the bigotry that could provoke. Viruses are not ethnic-specific, and people of Asian descent are no more likely than anyone else to carry or spread COVID-19. In times of uncertainty and heightened fear, all people, especially leadership, must be vigilant to not perpetuate negative stereotypes, nor promote prejudicial attitudes based upon race. For more information, please click below:
Your Seattle King County NAACP is working to keep you informed on ways/tips to combat the spread of the COVID 19 in our neighborhoods. As the weeks pass, we will continue to offer tips as well as interpretations of the policy and procedures, and how that may impact our community.
By President Trump declaring a State of Emergency for the United States, he has used his power to free up funds for free testing, paid emergency leaves, and measures to contain the Virus. Things are moving at a fast pace, and the NAACP is keeping informed on what resources are being proposed and implemented, and will be sharing them with you, our community.
Governor Inslee has mandated that all statewide schools K-12 remain closed to at least April 24, 2020. And now, they are restricting to groups of 50 people by order of the CDC and President Trump. Seattle and King County has experienced 37 deaths and 420 cases of the coronas virus. Due to these measures, and for the health of our community, the NAACP Seattle King County will suspend in-person meetings through this time period, but please keep watch of our website and online calendar, as well as follow our social media @SeattleKingCountyNAACP on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.
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