• Nechemyah Levi

Is Coronavirus RACIST?

America has joined the host of countries mercilessly hit with the pandemic known as COVID-19. It has taken a major toll on our economic system, forcing employers to layoff millions of workers, brought on extremely erratic behavior in our stock market and caused total up evil in American politics.

Our way of life is on the brink of potentially permanent change, California is on total lockdown, federal and state recommendations/orders have restricted social gatherings, states like New York have cases/deaths increasing every day and somehow the media has taken a new political stance - the pettiest of them all - called “that must be racist."

The leader of the free world has gone out of his way to cause major media uproar by simply naming this pandemic “the Chinese virus.” President Trump explained his terminology to reporters at the White House when asked about his reasoning.

It’s not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate

Watch: Donald Trump defends calling coronavirus the 'Chinese virus' (source: The Guardian)

So, Is it Racist? No. It's actually conventional.

We call Chinese food Chinese food because it originated from China, we call the ebola virus the ebola virus because Ebola was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lyme disease in Lyme, Connecticut, the West Nile virus in the West Nile. This is common practice. It is extremely ill-advised and quite frankly offensive to randomly assign the term racist/racism to statements, terms, and people that we may disagree with. This cheapens the term and is making it increasingly impossible to cite actual racism.

Use of terms Kung-flu and other such terms have cast a dim spotlight on what is excepted and shunned as “racism and discrimination” by the left and many on the right. In a statement Tweeted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, she stated:

Republican lawmakers like Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), have come out in support of the President’s use of the term tweeting:

Where do you draw the line?

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