Letters: Racism just as dangerous as coronavirus

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the recent incident in Burnaby, in which a white male was heard making an insensitive comment to an Asian lady.

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This is understandably a worrisome time for everyone — and I am reminded of Mitch Albom’s novel — The Five People You Meet In Heaven. In this novel, a character named the Blue Man had said: “... the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect.”

The way I look at it, it makes so much more sense that during this difficult time, everyone tries even harder to discern our interconnectedness and offer each other empathy and support.

This way, we can help boost each other’s immunity — when everyone is less stressed (without feeling sad or scared of being discriminated against) — we can become collectively stronger as a community, a society, a country and a human race.

Besides, history has shown that racism is just as capable of destroying our humanity and our world.

Last but not least, perhaps now is also a good time for everyone to examine the benefits of vegetarianism and veganism.

April Toh

VANCOUVER

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