A lightly circulated open letter published a couple weeks back signed by more than 1,000 health experts states that “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.” The letter, which reads more like an ideological screed than an impartial public health warning, advocates on behalf of the recent protests and riots, stating “protesting racial injustice” is “vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States.”
Interesting that while the letter laments that Coronavirus has harmed black people more than whites, the letter openly urges black protesters to take to the streets, resulting in thousands of people crammed in a few city blocks–the exact opposite of what the nation was scolded for even thinking of doing a month ago. What Americans were excoriated for even thinking of last month by health officials, this month they literally are urged to do…by health officials, because….white supremacy. “COVID-19 among Black patients is yet another lethal manifestation of white supremacy” the letter rants. “In addressing demonstrations against white supremacy, our first statement must be one of unwavering support for those who would dismantle, uproot, or reform racist institutions.”
So not only are the protests and riots a manifestation of white supremacy, but so is Covid-19, and the solution to this oppression which caused the protests, and Covid-19, which has unduly harmed blacks, is to pack the streets, and uh, presumably spread more Covid-19 among blacks? Nice. Next will they blame the increased spread of Covid resulting from the protests on white supremacy? Sounds impossible, right? Maybe they will bring out the ironic “silence is consent” card, and say whites should’ve been hand in hand in the protests in order to absorb the fresh Covid spread, being that it mostly targets black, by virtue of white supremacy, apparently. Follow me? The letter goes on to state “Protests against systemic racism, which fosters the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities and also perpetuates police violence, must be supported.” So they are actually stating outright that systematic racism spreads Covid more than mass gatherings of thousands of humans screaming, screeching and singing in unison for hours on end? That surely wouldn’t spread those harmful particles because…facemask? But a salon with 7 people in it and the door propped open? Send in the Feds. The logic is so flawed and absurd it becomes farcical.
Interestingly, of the 5 actual authors of the letter, only one is a doctor, or scientist, and none are white. That’s not a surprise, because then the health concern would be seen as “white-splaining.” The other four mid-wits are cut from the diverse tapestry of self-important pedagogical bulwarks such as developmental economics, racial studies, feminist studies, and uh, broadcast journalism. (Seriously.) It seems that ‘health expert’ is now a term fully politicized, and that violating the official public health doctrine of social distancing laid out so fervently and sanctimoniously by the mass media is ok, if the motive is retro-fitted to the domineering ideology.
The letter advocates that protestors not be held in “police vans or jails” because those are “high risk” areas for Covid. Also, tear gas must not be used as that could agitate Covid as well. The sheer absurdity of this is equivalent to saying that the only way to stop the disease known as white supremacy is to spread a disease caused by white supremacy. Oh, wait.
Being white in 2020 is to be chastised for doing, and not doing. For being, and not being. For speaking, and not speaking. It is the ideological equivalent to the thermal expansion of the universe, where opposites meet, signifying progress and expansion to them, and yet death and entropy to us. It is so blatantly obvious it is hard to see, like the clear blue sky, so clear that when you stare long enough, you see nothing.