The US is taking a moment for a deserved long breath.
Now that the fear of Ebola is lessening with each cured person there is the possibility that there could be another form of fear that will take hold. The fear of people! Especially if they are from West Africa or are thought to be from that region.
Think back to the days and weeks after the horrendous attacks on 9/11……..there were many attacks on people of the Muslim religion and even some that were attacked because they may have appeared to be Arabic or Middle Eastern. There were beatings and even a death of two because of the person’s appearance.
Yep, a form of racial profiling.
Now that the US has moved to limit the areas where people can enter the US to 5 airports, most on the east coast and the central states…….and the Right wing wanting all flights from Africa prevented from landing in the US…..this could set up a scenario of panic and distrust..
God forbid that another outbreak (that is a media term) should show its ugly face….an even uglier face will be that of the people in this society. The radical Right will immediately start looking for a scapegoat and that will be anyone that appears to be from Africa…. not necessarily West Africa….just anyone that appears to be one of the people that brought the disease to our shores.
Since the death of Mr. Duncan there has already been a minor backlash rumblings against Africans, especially in the Dallas, Texas area.
Then in Rome the fear strikes……..
A woman from Guinea has reportedly been attacked by angry bus passengers who told her she was infected by Ebola and had to get off, according to media reports.
The 26-year-old was allegedly beaten by a group of teenagers after they accused her of having the deadly virus.
“They told me that I had Ebola and that I had to get off the bus,” said Fataomata Sompare, who has been living in Italy for four years.
How long will it be, if the Ebola outbreak continues, that this could become a norm instead of an isolated occurrence?
We Americans have to seem to always blame others for the problems the country endues….we blame the Chinese back in the 1800’s…..we blamed the Irish in the early 1900’s………we blame the Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harbor, we blamed, as I have pointed out, Arab-Americans for 9/11, thanks to Al-Qaeda Americans are suspicious of every Mosque and now with the Ebola on a tear it is only a matter of time before we blame African-Americans, especially first generation, for the problems the disease is causing..
With Americans propensity for hate how long will not be before we go in search of a scapegoat? An Ebola scapegoat.