"THIS IS BLATANT RACISM"
Annesia Paraison noticed the sign when she took her 17-year-old daughter, Nala, to visit the office to meet doctor Kevin Julian for the first time.
As Nala signed in, she noticed a sign informing patients about social distancing rules.
“Dear Patients: During this time period of the Chinese Virus, please observe the six (6) foot rule of social distancing. Only two (2) people should be waiting in the reception room,” the sign read.
Nala noticed the phrase and quickly alerted her mother. “She said, ‘Mom, look’ and specifically points to where it says, ‘Chinese Virus,'” and suggested they leave.
“I said, ‘OK. Let me take a picture of this because this is crazy,'” said Paraison. “I didn’t feel like there was a need to speak to anyone.”
Paraison added that when she asked Nala what made her want to leave the chiropractor’s office, her daughter responded: “If the doctor can be that bold, there’s no way I would feel comfortable.”
“I was very proud of her,” Paraison said. “She didn’t have to think about it. She was able to identify that that was racist and that we should never support or give our business to a racist provider.”
“Why would you accept a medical provider who doesn’t use the appropriate term for a medical condition?” she questioned.
“I feel like awareness is really important right now and I feel like we have to call these things out because unfortunately, the political climate and the president has made people feel very comfortable expressing racism,” she said.
“There needs to be awareness and accountability. It doesn’t help just to complain to my friends and family about it.”
NBC attempted to contact Julian about the sign but he declined to comment about it.
Paraison uploaded an image of the sign to facebook, stating, “THIS IS BLATANT RACISM.”
In other news, a racist Starbucks employee has come under fire for writing a Chinese name on a Korean man’s order in Las Vegas.