City Of Pittsburgh Warns Of Discrimination Against Asians

Local Asian-owned restaurants saw a 40 percent decrease in customers last month

Andrew Limberg
March 26, 2020 - 3:46 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Human Relations says discrimination against Asians “will not be accepted or tolerated.”

Reports of discrimination against people of Asian descent have been on the rise and is based on misinformation and fear surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Examples of discrimination include falsely calling COVID-19 “Chinese-virus”, social media posts that are anti-Chinese, denying Asians services, people avoiding Asian-owned businesses, vandalism, harassment and even physical assault.

The head of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans said last month business at Asians restaurants was down 40 percent.

The commission has also reported people seeking medical treatment when they come in contact with an Asian person.

 “Pittsburgh prides itself on having a vibrant international community and we must stand with them during this time of fear and confusion and speak out against racist rhetoric,” the commission said in a statement.

The commission, or PghCHR, suggests buying food or supplies from Asian-owned restaurants that are still able to operate.

They also ask if you witness discrimination to report it by calling 412-436-9619 or visiting PghCHR’s website.

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