Stephanie, 31, Program Manager, Vietnamese.
Covid hit home when my fiancé’s dad contracted the virus and passed away this month. It hurts to think that it could’ve been prevented if everyone were wearing masks. When people tell me the President handled it the best way he could’ve, I laugh because it’s a ridiculous statement. I just know in my heart that isn’t true. My friends and family in Asia are conducting business as usual, traveling on planes, having gatherings because their leadership did not present the disease as a hoax and didn’t refuse to wear a mask for several months into the pandemic. I still don’t understand how this can be a political issue when it is a health issue. Other countries where people have a deeper sense of community responsibility didn’t think twice about wearing a mask to protect the other person.
As a country we are divided on so many fronts, climate, race, Covid, immigration, healthcare, taxes, and etc. Everything is a political stance rather than a human stance. Everything is about “ME” instead of “WE”. Misinformation spreads like wildfire, conspiracy theories are entertained, while white supremacy isn’t outright denied.
I want to see a President who leads the people and upholds the truth not decide for himself what is true and false based on how flattering the information is. I feel hate against minorities has been invigorated by the current President. Why call a virus Kung Flu and China Virus when it has a scientific name? Why spur hate where it should not belong? In terms of the environment, I want to see us moving in the right direction towards green and clean energy, not opening up protected lands to drilling and mining. I want to see our nation prosper and do good with the all the resources we can offer. Lastly I want to see a leader that focuses on unifying the country rather than obsessing on his predecessors and competitors accomplishments and look forward to what they can accomplish.