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Thanks to the mainstream media’s endless anti-Trump bias and rage, Surgeon General Jerome Adams was forced to explain himself Friday after he used culturally-specific language to urge blacks and Hispanics to take precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Well, I used that language because that’s the … I had been meeting with the NAACP, with the National Medical Association, with others,” his explanation began.
“I actually talked with Derek Johnson multiple times this week, the head of the NAACP. And we need targeted outreach to the African American community. And I used the language that is used in my family. I have a Puerto Rican brother-in-law. I call my granddaddy, ‘granddaddy.’ I have relatives who call their grandparents ‘big mama.’”
And FYI, Adams is BLACK …
Listen to his full response below (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
“So that was not meant to be offensive,” he continued. “That’s the language that we use and that I use and we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities. It is critically important that they understand it’s not just about them and I was very clear about that. It’s not just about what you do, but you also are not helpless.”
“We need to do our part at the federal level. We need people to do their parts at the state level and we need everyone black, brown, white, whatever color you are to follow the president’s guidelines, the coronavirus guidelines, and do their part because when I talked to the NAACP three weeks ago, it’s important to note that one of the things they asked me was can you help dispel the myths in this community that people actually can’t get coronavirus if they’re black. That was a myth that was out there that’s actually very important for us to squash here.”
It’s true that some people have been claiming blacks are immune to the coronavirus, just as it’s true that it’s been the mainstream media that’s been loudly sounding the alarm about the coronavirus’s disproportionate impact on the black community.
But the moment Adams tried to address this impact with a heartfelt plea to black and Latino communities, PBS White House correspondent and frequent MSNBC contributor Yamiche Alcindor complained, as seen in the beginning of the clip above.
“I want to close by saying that while your state and local health departments and those of us in public service are working day and night to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect you regardless of your color, your creed, or your geography, I need you to know you are not helpless and it’s even more important that in communities of color, we adhere to the task force guidelines to slow the spread,” the surgeon general had tried to say earlier.
“Stay at home if possible. If you must go out, maintain six feet of distance between you and everyone else and wear a mask if you’re going to be within six feet of others. Wash your hands more often than you ever dreamed possible. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and call your friends and family, check in on your mother. She wants to hear from you right now.”
He’d then turned to culturally-specific language to ensure his message would be received and acknowledged by black and Latino communities.
“And speaking of mothers, we need you to do this, if not for yourself then for your Abuela, do it for your granddaddy, do it for your big mama, do it for your pop-pop,” he said.
“We need you to understand, especially in communities of color, we need you to step up and help stop the spread so that we can protect those who are most vulnerable.”
Listen to his full remarks below:
In response, Alcindor had predictably pounced.
“You said that African Americans and Latinos should avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco,” she said, ignoring the fact that Adams’ guidance had covered a wide variety of behaviors, from hand-washing to drug consumption.
“You also said do it for your Abuela and do it for big mama and pop pop. There are some people online that are already offended by that language. And the idea that you’re saying behaviors might be leading to these high death rates. Could you talk about whether or not people… Could you, I guess have a response for people who might be offended by the language that you used?”
She later posted her criticism to Twitter, where it’s justifiably been ratioed:
I asked U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams about asking black people, Latinos & other ppl of color to avoid drinking & drugs & saying do it for “Big Mama” & “abuela.”
Adams said he meant no offense, used his family’s language & that all Americans should be avoiding substances.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 10, 2020
Why justifiably? Because neither Alcindor nor her peers in the demonstrably left-wing mainstream media ever said a peep about former President Barack Hussein Obama’s same usage of culturally-specific language.
Every time Obama urged black Americans to assist him in his “get out the vote” efforts, he always encouraged them to reach out to their family members and friends. And he always did so by citing culturally specific characters like “Cousin Pookie” and “Ray Ray.”
“I need you to grab Cousin Pookie to vote; I need you to grab Ray Ray to vote,” he said at a South Carolina rally in January of 2008.
He went on over the years to repeat these culturally-specific characters multiple times, all to cheers and praise from the mainstream press.
But the moment Trump administration Surgeon General Jerome Adams used similar language while trying to encourage black and Latino Americans to abstain from negative behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic, the media pounced, thus once again demonstrating their endless, pathological hatred for anything tied to the president — and proving once again why they’re so deserving of mockery.
Speaking of which:
Just imagine how racist it would have been if that black Surgeon General had said “Eat healthy foods.” @Yamiche is the single most powerful argument in favor of ending federal funding for @PBS, which is a purely partisan organization devoted to supporting the Democrat party. . https://t.co/9Vpkx7T3JG
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) April 11, 2020
This is pure art. In her first tweet as soon as he said it, she insisted “some will find this language offensive” and by the time she wrote her second tweet suddenly “many” had already “found this language offensive”.
She discovered those many people awfully quickly. pic.twitter.com/hl1Huxeb9k
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) April 10, 2020
“Some will find this language offensive,” she claimed without evidence, in actuality referring only to herself.
3 minutes later…
“Many found this language highly offensive”
Literally just making stuff up and getting triggered by science. pic.twitter.com/Drs2HVjgch
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) April 10, 2020
I’m Hispanic. I don’t find it offensive for @Surgeon_General to say Abuela. I don’t find it offensive for him to encourage people not to drink or do drugs during a pandemic. I do however find @Yamiche’s stupid questions to be offensive.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 11, 2020
If you’re offended, maybe you should go back to pre-school.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 10, 2020
.@Yamiche Alcindor lecturing the Surgeon General of the United States as a member of the P.C. Police is pretty pathetic.
And never forget — she works for PBS, so she’s doing this on OUR behalf as taxpayers
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 10, 2020
Who got offended? YOU? No one gets offended except people who are constantly looking to be offended! How does your question help anyone with dealing with #COVID19? Use your time asking VALID questions. What a waste of time for the @Surgeon_General @JeromeAdamsMD
— Grace Vasquez (@itsYourGrace) April 10, 2020
As a Hispanic, that’s 0% offensive. Stop making up imaginary problems and do real journalism.
— Alejandrina G.R. (@alejandrina_gr) April 11, 2020
Sorry, Miss Alejandrina, but “real journalism” is dead.
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