Last week, a drive-by commentor decided to challenge me regarding my dedication to the proposition that sanctuary cities are a good thing. In typical fashion, it was a bit of a stupid 'gotcha': Be sure to give sanctuary to the Asians that may be carrying the shiny new virus.
Aside from the fact that various governments have cracked down on travel to and from the city of Wuhan, and no cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported in New York, businesses in New York City's Chinatowns are suffering because of fear of an outbreak and bias attacks against persons of east Asian descent have been reported. I refuse to live my life in fear, so I will be stopping in Manhattan's Chinatown either on my way to (if I can get my ass in gear in time) or from (the venerable Wo Hop is 24 hours) tonight's Secret Science Club lecture.
I'm a New Yorker, I refused to let the 9/11 attacks cause me to fear my Muslim neighbors, it's not like some epidemic nineteen years later is going to cause me to fear my Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American neighbors.