Tennessee was hit with a deadly tornado that tore up nearly 140 buildings and resulted in at least 25 deaths* according to apnews.com. The tornadoes were categorized as EF-3 and turned East Nashville to dust and rubble this past Tuesday. The national guard responded to the emergency storm that had people stuck under rubble and destroyed several homes. “A lot of these homes had basements, and we’re hopeful there are still people down in there,” stated Sherriff Eddie Farris of the Putnam county office. There were several crashes near the Cumberland river as the barges crashed into each other during the storm. President Trump has announced that he has recovery plans in store for Nashville and will be visiting this Friday.
While the coronavirus has been in the spotlight consistently, the racism that is following seems to be lagging in the shadows. 23-year-old London University student Jonathan Mok was physically assaulted on his way back home by 4 young men who stated that they did not want his coronavirus in their country. In a lengthy Facebook post* Mok posted images of the assault and gave a detailed overview of what he went through. Mok stated that he did not instigate anything and only looked back at the group of men when he heard them say something about the coronavirus to him. Upon realizing that Mok was looking at him, the individual and his friends began throwing punches and failed to stop even when bystanders attempted to reason with them. “I was shocked and angry because he directed a racist remark at me and had the audacity to shout at me like I had wronged him.” stated Mok in his Facebook post. “People may ask me why did I not fight back? Or some might even say I shouldn’t even have turned when I heard the racist remark — but do any of these answer the question: why should anyone, simply because of the colour of their skin, be subjected to abuse, in any form, verbal or physical? Why should I keep quiet when someone makes a racist remark towards me?” Mok suffered several face fractures and will most likely need to undergo reconstructive surgery.