In some of the most pathetic, politically correct pandering we’ve seen in some time, the San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to condemn “hate speech” arising from anger over the coronavirus outbreak.
In a bizarre resolution that seems utterly disconnected from reality, the city council members have apparently decided that wringing their hands over language is a better use of their time than actually addressing the serious economic and public health concerns stemming from the pandemic. That’s why they devoted the meeting this week to decrying terms like “Chinese virus” and “kung fu virus” instead of matters of substantial importance.
“Unfortunately, during times of crisis we do see the best of humanity and sometimes we also see the worst,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “There has been a rise of hate speech throughout the course of this pandemic.”
Yeah, well, when you define any speech you don’t like as “hate speech,” you can claim there’s a rise of it anytime you like! Also, if the mayor thinks using terms like “Chinese virus” is an example of the “worst of humanity,” then he obviously didn’t hear about the people who shot a store security guard in Flint because he told their daughter to wear a damn face mask.
“This is NUTS,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted on Thursday. “SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words ‘Wuhan virus.’ If they want to investigate someone, start with NYT & CNN who both repeatedly (and rightly) referred to it as ‘the Chinese coronavirus.’”
The San Antonio resolution proclaims, unnecessarily, that the virus was not created by any race, nationality, or ethnicity.
“Our efforts must meet the indiscriminate nature of COVID-19 with empathy and compassion for all our neighbors,” Nirenberg said.
Okay. Okay. But still, the fact is that this virus DID start in Wuhan, did it not? Why is it so problematic to admit that? It either came out of a shoddily-run infections research lab or a wet market engaging in outlandishly terrible food handling practices. Either way, it’s an indictment of the way China is running their country. And that’s not even getting into the way China covered up the outbreak in the aftermath, which is a crime against humanity.
We’d say that conspires to make it perfectly fine to call this coronavirus what it is, which is a China-originating disease. One extremely similar to SARS and H1N1, both of which were also caused by lax Chinese standards surrounding food and animals. Political correctness serves to obscure truth. That’s the last thing we need right now.