One of the latest examples comes out of San Antonio, Texas, where the City Council voted unanimously to dub certain references linking the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to China as "racist." At one point, the mainstream media was claiming that wearing a mask is also "racist."
Calling it the "Chinese Virus" or the "Kung Fu Virus" is now considered to be "hate speech" in San Antonio, which is openly condemning such language and urging area locals to stop using this type of verbiage.
"This coronavirus has held no regard for race, religion, creed, or political boundary," wrote Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a petition to the City Council before its vote. "As such, our efforts must meet the indiscriminate nature of COVID-19 with empathy and compassion for all our neighbors."
Nirenberg went on to ask that the City Council "consider adopting the attached resolution – which declares that our COVID-19 response efforts will be free of hate and discrimination – at the next Council A-Session."
In Niremberg's view, calling it the KungFlu and any other similar such name only encourages "hate crimes," particularly against Asian communities. He also claims that the Jewish community is being targeted with blame for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
As you may recall, the leftist media has similarly accused President Donald Trump of engaging in "hate speech" by calling it the Chinese Virus, which is an accurate descriptor since it came from Wuhan, China.
Trump actually had to end a recent press conference early after being badgered about his claim that the United States is doing better than any other country when it comes to testing for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
"Why does that matter?" asked Weija Jiang, a Chinese immigrant who has lived in West Virginia since she was two years old. "Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?"
"Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world," Trump responded. "Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don't ask me. Ask China that question. When you ask China that question you may get a very unusual answer."
There was nothing particularly odd about this response, but Jiang had to interject as the next reporter was about to ask her own question with, "Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?" inferring that Trump referenced China to Jiang simply because she is Chinese.
"I am not saying it specifically to anybody," Trump quickly retorted. "I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that."
Jiang proceeded to argue with the president, attempting to twist his words into something other than what was actually said, prompting him to end the press conference early.
Since the left is obviously losing the narrative concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the only thing it knows to do in response is to play the race card. But this, too, is failing, and is only making the left look like ignorant fools for trying to turn descriptors and references about the virus coming from China into "hate speech."
Jiang, as you may recall, is the same reporter who claimed back in March that an unidentified White House official referred to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) as the "kung flu." At that time, Trump and other White House officials were routinely referring to it as the "Chinese Virus," or "China Virus."
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