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Coronavirus concern sparked a racist incident in Vancouver

It's no secret that coronavirus concerns are leading to racism in Toronto, but a racist incident in Vancouver, B.C. is making waves on social media.

The Instagram video is taken at a parking lot in Burnaby. 

The video begins halfway through an exchange. According to the Instagram user, the man says, "Hey, you dropped something" to their mother and sister before the video starts.

The woman filming steps out of the car and confronts the man. The man responds by saying, "You dropped your coronavirus."

The man also reveals that he's made similar comments to 10 different people.

The Instagram user added that even after both sides got into their cars, the man continued to make rude hand gestures at them.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has already expressed concern about the growing number of reports of racist incidents directed at the Chinese community.

Tam asked Canadians to learn from their experience with SARS, where South East Asians faced significant discrimination.

She also reminded Canadians that stigmatizing language is "unacceptable and very hurtful."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also spoken out against racism, saying, "There is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation."

Lead photo by

Himanshu Chanan


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