Alphonso Toweh was riding a bus when a man sitting next to him politely asked where he was from.
“Liberia,” said Toweh, a writer from Monrovia who is visiting the Washington area, home to the nation’s second-largest population of African immigrants.
“At that point, the man went far from me,” he said. “He did not want to come close to me. People, once they know you are Liberian — people assume you have the virus in your body, which is not the case.”
In Pennsylvania, a 16-year-old high school soccer player from West Africa, Ibrahim Toumkara, was tormented with chants of “Ebola” by opposing players during a game.
“There were tears coming down his eyes,” Edward Bachert, a Lehigh County police officer and Toumkara’s legal guardian, told WPVI. “He was visibly shaken by this; that it got to that level on the field.” The taunting eventually led to a fight and the resignations of two rival coaches six days later. Welcome to Tea Party America!