Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on video suggesting that people aren't eating at Asian restaurants due to "straight up racism" over the coronavirus. She prefaces her statement by saying that it "sounds silly to say" and then goes into her point of suggesting restaurants are losing money over lack of customers.
She said, as quoted by John Gage of the Washington Examiner:
Honestly, it sounds almost so silly to say, but there's a lot of restaurants that are feeling the pain of racism," the New York Democrat said Tuesday night on Instagram Live. "People are literally not patroning Chinese restaurants. They're not patroning Asian restaurants because of just straight-up racism around the coronavirus.
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Gage's report goes into what could really be causing the lack of business for many, not just Asian restaurants.
For starters, the coronavirus, aka, COVID-19, started in Wuhan, China and has in fact hurt several Chinese businesses in New York. However, it should be noted that this is due to people avoiding the public in general and going out to eat less. In theory, that means many businesses, not just Asian restaurants, are seeing a potentially slower flow of customers. Not because of racism, but because people are staying home until the coronavirus clears up.
It should also be noted, as stated in Gage's article, that the beer Corona, made by Anheuser-Busch, suffered $285 million loss in revenue, even though there is absolutely no connection between Corona beer and COVID-19, coronavirus.