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October 23, 2014

Black Woman Told to “Get Off the Bus!” After Being Accused of Having Ebola

Black Woman Told to “Get Off the Bus!” After Being Accused of Having Ebola

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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.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Black Woman Told to “Get Off the Bus!” After Being Accused of Having Ebola

  1. SherlLMurphy says:

    Nikki
    from The Bronx writes:
    How ridiculous!It’s
    definitely another reason to discriminate against Blacks.I feel horrified and appalled that people are
    being ridiculed because of being from a certain part of the country (West Africa).People need to understand that this virus is
    spread through bodily fluids and not an airborne virus.It seems to me that it’s a reason to
    continually discriminate against West Africans particularly.If these people were Caucasians who were
    infected, I really don’t think it would have arisen to epidemic proportions.Go figger!
    NuffSaid!
    Peace Out!

  2. TinaSue says:

    The stigma of Ebola will eventually affect all Black people, no matter where you are from.

  3. ole'skool says:

    The truth about Ebola; like all Viruses can and will mutate to it’s environment thus allowing itself to become airborne like the Flu. Ebola isn’t an African Disease, it’s an human being’s worse nightmare until we find and develop A Vaccine.

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