After at least two solid months of telling us that anyone still going about their normal business was a sick, selfish sociopath willing to sacrifice grandma for the sake of getting a haircut, the mainstream media suddenly changed its tune when thousands of people hit the streets in packed crowds to protest police brutality. While still (weakly) acknowledging that the protests could provide the coronavirus with the perfect transmission vector for another huge spike of hospitalizations and death, we were informed that these (cough, mostly peaceful) protests were necessary even if they were risky.
Apparently there are some things worth sacrificing grandma over, after all.
Our initial, foolish expectation was that we would no longer hear any mention of social distancing, lockdowns, or anything else (other than maybe hand-washing and mask-wearing) when it came to coronavirus advice. How could the media ever lecture another beach-goer again after giving these protesters a free pass? How could public health officials, who determined that “systemic racism” was a cause worth getting infected over, ever wag their finger at us again?
Well, as usual, we underestimated the rank hypocrisy of these people.
“President Trump will hit the campaign trail this month — despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of households across the country,” tweeted NPR on Tuesday.
“Trump suspended large-scale campaign rallies in March — as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the United States. As of Tuesday morning, there were more than 1.9 million cases in the United States and more than 111,000 people had died from the virus. And 26 states have either reported an increase or a steady rate of cases of late,” noted CNN’s Chris Cillizza.
“The urgency of recent protests, in which Americans are actively choosing to make their voices heard despite the risks, is something Trump and his team believe ‘will make it harder for critics to single him out’ for holding large gatherings,” reported Variety. “There’s one slight difference: instead of encouraging voters to condemn systemic racism, he’s encouraging his own hero worship.”
Guess what? The coronavirus doesn’t give a damn if you’re protesting racism, cheering Donald Trump, or watching a matinee of Golden Girls on Ice. If it’s dangerous for society at large to gather in crowds, then it’s dangerous no matter what the event. If it isn’t, then it isn’t.
One way or the other, we’re about to find out which is true. We’re sure the explanation, no matter what ultimately happens, will somehow be “racism.”