As Ebola fears grow in the U.S., some local residents from countries hardest hit by the deadly viral disease say they’re experiencing discrimination.
All you have to do is say you’re from a country in West Africa, and it immediately strikes fear among some in the local community. William BGK Harris came to the U.S. from Liberia in the 1970s and recently had this experience with a woman who worked at a local mall.
“She followed my accent and she said ‘you’re from Liberia.’ ”
“Yes I am,” said Harris. “She said, ‘Oh, you’re the ones who brought Ebola here.’ ”