NY State Assembly employee is slammed for sharing ‘xenophobic’ Facebook messages urging New Yorkers to avoid Chinese companies while the city fights against the corona virus
- Marilyn Franks, an employee at an assembly office in Brooklyn, shared the message
- The report claimed that owners were returning from China to “take coronavirus”
- A campaign group for Chinese workers has labeled the comments as “division.”
- Assembly Mathylde Frontus apologized for the actions of its employee
An employee of the New York State Assembly was beaten because he shared a “xenophobic” Facebook message urging people to avoid Chinese companies in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Marilyn Franks, a receptionist in the Coney Island office of assembly woman Mathylde Frontus, shared the message that restaurant and store owners had returned from China to “take the corona virus.”
The message also urged others to spread the word to “protect our people from this deadly virus.”
Marilyn Franks (left), a receptionist in the Coney Island office of assembler woman Mathylde Frontus, shared the message (right) that alleged restaurant and store owners had returned from China to “take the corona virus”
“We urge citizens to stay away from Chinese supermarkets, stores, fast food restaurants, restaurant, [sic] and Business, “the message is read.
“Most owners went back to China to celebrate the Chinese New [Year] Celebrations’, it continues.
“They are coming back and some are carrying the corona virus. Better be safe than sorry. ”
A campaign group for Chinese workers in New York has since labeled the comments as “division.”
“We urge citizens to stay away from Chinese supermarkets, stores, fast food restaurants, restaurant, [sic] and Business, “the message is read. Pictured: Chinatown in Manhattan
Zishun Ning of the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association told The daily news: “It is very divided and does not help to fight the virus at all.”
“The most important task at the moment is to fight the disease instead of blaming it on a particular group, which makes no sense at all.”
Mrs. Frontus, who is based in Brooklyn, has since apologized for her employee’s statement and noted that it was part of a chain message that was being forwarded.
“I apologize for the damage this has caused,” the assembly woman said in a statement. “This message contradicts the core values of my office, and this employee has been warned and ordered to stop and will receive additional training for cultural sensitivity.
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‘Crisis can raise latent fears and prejudices, but that is the most important thing for us to come together. Ignorance is no excuse for spreading hateful messages, “she added.
New York confirmed its first coronavirus case on Sunday as a female health worker in her thirties who returned from Iran last week and is now quarantined in her home in Manhattan.
The coronavirus death toll in the US has now risen to six when President Donald Trump called on drug manufacturers to accelerate the development of a vaccine, despite the country’s top infectious disease official warning that it will not be ready for at least another year .
Health officials in Washington state announced on Monday that four people had died in the Seattle area, alongside two other patients in the same area who died during the weekend.
Five of the six deaths are linked to the LifeCare facility for long-term elderly care in Kirkland in King County.
The sixth victim came from the nearby county of Snohomish. Officials say that at least four of the six people who died were old and / or had underlying health problems.