Wokeness In A Time Of Pandemic
Just saw the news that the entire nation of Italy has been placed into quarantine by its government. Italians are compelled by law to stay home, except for work or emergencies.
An entire nation has chosen to destroy its economy to save the lives of its people, and its public health system. Y’all denialists keep right on saying that this is just a version of the flu.
Please, please guys. Here in northern #Italy we made one big mistake. Everybody kept saying “It’s just flu” and now our intensive care units are collapsing. Everybody kept going outside like nothing happened and now our grandparents and parents are dying.#coronavirus is not #flu
— Zìbora💮🇮🇹 (@labisbeticah) March 9, 2020
It’s amazing that anyone could look at this and say “at the moment it’s not as bad as (flu, arthritis, lightning strikes).” This is textbook exponential growth. pic.twitter.com/ZwjiNCYzkP
— Ari Schulman (@AriSchulman) March 9, 2020
Meanwhile, the stock market closed down 2,000 points today, joining global markets for their worst day since the 2008 crash.
Looking for the lighter side of global pandemic — and who among us isn’t? — what I’m wondering is: how are the Woke handling the coronavirus? What does this NBC News person have to say?
FYI: Calling #COVID19 the “Wuhan Virus” is racist.
— David Gura (@davidgura) March 9, 2020
Got it. So it’s back to “kung flu” again. But not in New York City teacher Lynn Shon’s classroom:
We have a responsibility to teach our students about the #coronavirus and #xenophobia as a means of protecting our public health and humanity. @AndyBobZimm and I whipped up some readily usable slides: https://t.co/VDZ9yjXMXX 1/
— Lynn Shon (@lynnshon) March 6, 2020
If there’s one thing teachers should be doing now, it’s using the global pandemic to police the racial thoughts of their students. (But seriously, can you imagine being a grown woman and bursting into tears when one of your middle-school students refers to bat-eaters?)
What does that “How To Be Anti-Racist” guru think about the pandemic-driven market collapse?
It is terrible day for the stock market. But today is not #BlackMonday. When will we stop connoting black with negativity, with disaster, with evil, especially when there are so many people who identify and who are identified as Black?
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) March 9, 2020
And so forth. Please post links to your favorite examples of Wokeness in the time of pandemic. President Trump isn’t the only person trapped in ideological fanaticism now.
UPDATE: Reader Giuseppe Scalas, from lockdown in Piedmont, writes:
Political correctness is one of the likely reasons coronavirus spread so fast in Northern Italy. The Governor of Tuscany, as an example, chose not to monitor thousands of Chinese returning from New Year holidays “because racism”.
Requests for harsher measures, when the virus wasn’t yet at this stage, were met with answers such “xenophobia is the true virus”.
(Of course nobody’s calling for racism or discrimination, but this is an example of how political correctness, with its pre-cooked formulas, numbs the mental faculties of its proponents)