"I think about how the majority of those deployed on the front lines—agricultural laborers, grocery and food delivery workers, nurses, and healthcare professionals—are people of color and immigrants, many of whom are now being called viruses and told to return from where they came.
And I remember that this is nothing new. Filipinos have been fighting America’s wars for over a century, from the Pacific theater of World War II, to its wars in Korea and Vietnam, to AIDS in the 1980s (my mother among the recruits for the front lines then), to Covid-19 in the present. We are welcomed and valued in this country for our economic utility and are expendable when there no longer is a need for us."
Read VIna Orden's Open City story, "The Little Brown Brother's Burden," here: https://aaww.org/the-little-brown-brothers-burden/