Have you been judging? If so, then you need to watch this video.
Are you turning your back on Liberians simply because of they come from and the stigma of Ebola?
This rings true in Staten Island, New York. So much so that a concerned mother, Shoana Solomon made a video about the issue on YouTube and it is currently going viral. “I am a Liberian, not a virus” is the title of the buzzworthy video, and it simply raises awareness of the stereotypes that people are placing on Liberians. It was originally posted six days ago and it has already attracted 12,823 views on YouTube.
As reported by WABC-TV New York, residents living in an area known as “Little Liberia” in Staten Island (populated with the most Liberians outside of Africa,) are experiencing major negative stigma from Ebola. In the video, Shoana address the issue directly after her daughter was faced with horrible backlash of the deadly virus in school:
We’re not all infected. It is wrong to stereotype and stigmatize an entire people.
To date, #IAmALiberianNotAVirus is one hot hashtag on Twitter and Instagram from users in all parts of the world.
— MUNNAH (@TheLIBPrincess) October 12, 2014
— HIV Advocate Mom (@SaveRyanWhiteD) October 19, 2014
— Al Johnson (@libaljohnson) October 15, 2014
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