One of the most insidious aspects of the Ebola outbreak is how it has normalized discrimination against West Africans. A British student from Sierra Leone told a reporter that he can’t find anyone to rent to him due to the outbreak. In the U.S., a Texas college refused to admit Nigerian applicants due to the outbreak and a New Jersey elementary school made two Rwandan students (East Africa) wait 21 days before enrolling. Now, a report from Rome claims that a black woman was attacked and told to “get off the bus” while riding on mass transit.
A black woman told TheLocal.It that a teenager accused her of having Ebola, then the 26 year-old Guinean woman was attacked by the teen’s relatives.
“They told me that I had Ebola and that I had to get off the bus,” Fataomata Sompare said.
People standing at a bus stop saved the woman from her attackers.
“[She is] a victim of racism which is now rampant in this city,” said her partner, Grotte Corbelli, who described the attack as “shameful”.
West Africans are facing continued bias over the Ebola crisis.
Amara Bangura, originally from Sierra Leone, is currently studying in Norwich, England but can’t find anywhere to stay because landlords won’t rent to him because they’re afraid of Ebola.
Bangura received a letter that read, “Under normal circumstance. Your profile would be a great profile to be one of our lodgers.”
It continued: “However, given that the world is about to probably experience an Ebola epidemic, we have decided not to accept anyone that has been anywhere near the ebola outbreak within the last two months, or is likely to visit those areas in the near future.”
Also Kamorudeen Abidogun, a mechanical engineer who lives in Richmond, says he received rejection letters for family members who used his address for applying to college. The Texas college rejected the applications of his family members because they are not admitting students who originate from countries with confirmed cases of Ebola.
And RT.com reported that over 1,000 Russian students from West Africa are undergoing special medical observation out of an abundance of caution.
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.