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.”