Christian women detail racism they face in workplace


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Racism goes beyond the black and white narrative seen on television, said a group of minority Christian women.

When Jenny Yang, who is Asian American and vice president of Policy & Advocacy on Refugee Resettlement at World Relief, attended a Congress briefing recently, a man began using hand sanitizer. At that moment, a woman behind her made a joke, saying, “He needs it, he’s the one next to an Asian.”

Yang said she knows colleagues who have experienced other harmful words and stereotypes. Asian Americans have been facing increased racism due to the coronavirus’ origin in the Wuhan Province in China.

She and other women spoke about racial issues they face in the workplace and abroad during COVID-19 as part of Women at Work‘s online event this week.

“The racist biases and tendencies are exposed because of the pandemic. A lot of my friends who are Asian American had personal issues of racism because of COVID,” Yang said. “It goes to show that even at the highest levels of government, racism doesn’t hide its head.”

At the Congress briefing, Yang said she had a friend who spoke up to the woman who made the joke. Once the woman realized how hurtful the words were, she apologized. The ignorance of a person’s bias was a key issue highlighted during the Women at Work discussion because racism can infect culture through comments as simple as a joke,…

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