At the University of California, officials are extremely concerned with keeping students safe from the coronavirus. It now seems that early health warnings out of China, which indicated that the disease was only deadly to old people, were quite premature. In the U.S. and other countries, we’ve seen that this illness can easily hospitalize people who are young and seemingly in the prime of their life. Yes, many of the dead have one or more pre-existing conditions, but that can be a false sense of comfort as well. Let’s face it: Even among the youth, we’re not exactly the healthiest country in the world. The danger is real, no matter how young you are.
So with all of that in mind, it’s understandable that a school like the University of California would release a special “guidance document” to make sure all students are practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and generally keeping themselves out of harm’s way.
The guidance document isn’t focused on that?
Oh. Oh dear.
From Campus Reform:
The Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California released a “guidance document” to announce “supportive positive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.”
The list begins by telling students to “reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online,” and to “Be an ‘up-stander,’ and discourage others from engaging in such behavior.”
“Do not use terms such as ‘Chinese Virus’ or other terms which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities, and do not allow the use of these terms by others,” the university tells students and faculty, insisting that all members of the campus community refer to the virus as only “COVID-19” OR “coronavirus” in all “oral and written communications.”
Officials from all UC campuses signed the guidance document, which functions as an instruction sheet for all faculty, students, and staff.
We’re sure that if we really sat down and thought about it, we could come up with half a dozen things even less important than this issue…but it would take some time. We’re in a state of national crisis, and the future is extremely uncertain when it comes to both public health and the economy. These students are worried about graduating. They’re worried about their families. They’re worried about staying safe. This is hardly the time to harass them about what terminology they use to describe the damn coronavirus.
What we’ve learned over the last couple of weeks is that, no matter how grim the situation, leftists will always make room for their pathetic lectures about political correctness and social justice. If that means protecting China from bearing their rightful responsibility for unleashing this virus on the world, then that’s what it means.
COVID-19 infects the body; wokeness is a disease of the mind.
Avoid both, if possible.