Media blames fears about Coronavirus on American ‘racism’ and ‘xenophobia’

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As justified concerns and fear about coronavirus and its deadly impact continue to grow across the rational universe, over in the irrational universe of the average far-left radical another fear has begun to spring up — that of white “racism” and “xenophobia.”

Over the past few weeks, numerous op-eds and reports in “esteemed” left-wing publications — Vox, The Washington Post and CNN, of course — have seemingly sought to conflate unrepentant racism with white people merely displaying precaution and common sense in the face of a pandemic.

Never mind that it was a black suspect who was filmed last week first allegedly harassing a masked Chinese woman at Manhattan’s Grand Street subway station by calling her a “diseased b—” and then proceeding to hit her repeatably.

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FYI, the clip above received virtually zero mainstream media coverage …

Talks of “racism” and “xenophobia,” on the other hand, have received endless coverage.

Over at Vox, for instance, a contributor complained last week about how the coronavirus pandemic has “exposed a deep-seated xenophobia, and with it, a symptom of its own has surfaced: hostility toward East Asian people.”

She then cited legitimate, inexcusable examples of genuinely racist rumors and behaviors, such as a rumor among schoolchildren that all Asian kids suffer from coronavirus and should, therefore, be quarantined.

But instead of noting that such behavior is bad and should be pushed back upon whenever committed by anyone, the contributor continued by talking about “white racial purity” and about how “othering [others] often centers the white experience as ‘superior’ and ‘pure.'”

The theme appeared to be that the “many bigoted Western reactions to the coronavirus” all originate with white people.

Over CNN, meanwhile, the network only cited two races in an extensive piece about coronavirus-related “racism and xenophobia” that was published about two weeks ago: Asians and whites.

“Right now, we are only seeing early signs of a xenophobic backlash against the East Asian diaspora — tasteless jokes online, bad headlines, people acting fearfully in public,” the piece read. “But if the 2003 SARS epidemic is any model to go by, these strands of xenophobia could potentially escalate into more dangerous, explicit forms of racism.”

“At the peak of the 2003 outbreak, people of Asian descent were treated like pariahs in the West. There were reports of white people covering their faces in the presence of Asian coworkers, and real estate agents who were told not to serve Asian clients.”

The more clear-cut theme here was that white people who display precaution in the face of pandemics have racism in their hearts …

And over at The Washington Post, last week a contributor again drew a dubious connection between white people and the actual coronavirus-related racism that’s been seen.

“In the minds of many Westerners, many dangerous stereotypes about China, its people and culture — which could actually hinder the response to a serious crisis — endure,” the author wrote after talking about the historical xenophobia of the “average white racist” and his/her peers in the “pillars of white, liberal society.”

Ingrained in all three pieces were two false notions:

One: That the actual racism and xenophobia being seen across the world is all due to white people.

Two: That white people who are taking precautions (by wearing masks for instance) are themselves engaging in actual racism and xenophobia.

But this sort of shortsighted racial grievance-mongering hasn’t been limited to just a few demonstrably liberal American news outlets. Even the World Health Organization has chosen to prioritize concerns about alleged racism and xenophobia over concerns about a disease that’s already killed 813 people worldwide in only a matter of two months.

In a statement issued in late January, the specialized U.N. agency urged countries to not engage in “stigma” or “discrimination” when enacting policies designed to tackle the crisis.

Days later, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned in an additional statement that travel restrictions “can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”

“Where such measures have been implemented, we urge that they are short in duration, proportionate to the public health risks, and are reconsidered regularly as the situation evolves,” he said.

Some might argue that this is yet another stark example of how globalist bureaucrats invariably care more about appeasing racial grievance mongers — be it those demanding open borders or those denigrating others for protecting themselves from a pandemic — than they do about looking after the well-being of their own people.

And clearly, many in America’s left-wing establishment media share the same outlook as the globalist bureaucrats at WHO and, in fact, all of the United Nations.


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