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U. Illinois Warns Students Not to Use ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ Coronavirus Language

U. Illinois Warns Students Not to Use ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ Coronavirus Language

“It is distressing to hear racist and xenophobic language being used in national discourse about the COVID-19 pandemic”

Is it really racist or xenophobic to say where the virus originated?

Campus Reform reports:

UIllinois warns students against ‘racist and xenophobic’ coronavirus language

The University of Illinois sent an email to all of its students relating to resources available online to students. In the email, the administration appeared to take a shot at the Trump administration for “racist and xenophobic language.”

“All of you are valued members of our university community. It is distressing to hear racist and xenophobic language being used in national discourse about the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated a campus-wide email signed by both Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Danita M. B. Young.

“Such language is antithetical to the values of this university, and we expect everyone to treat one another with respect and dignity. Our university does not tolerate discrimination, and the stress of this moment should only strengthen our resolve to uphold our commitment to our community and our shared values.”

The email comes amid controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s choice to call the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus,” because, as he has repeatedly pointed out, “it comes from China.”

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This useless institution does not want people to learn from each other by hearing what they say which may be either how they think or a test to see how the listener thinks.

Leftists really fear thinking and truth. And for very good reasons.

I fully agree with the University on this.

I would never say “the Chinks bio-engineered the Wuhan virus.” I avoid the racist reference when I say “the Chinese government bio-engineered the Wuhan virus.”

Referring to the Chinese as “Chinks” or “gooks” or “slant-eyes” or other derogatory names is racist. Calling the Wuhan virus the Wuhan virus is not racist. I grew up near Lyme, Connecticut, and no one ever claimed that is was improper to refer to “Lyme disease.”

    Barry Soetoro in reply to Geologist. | March 28, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I trust you also avoid use of such slurs as “barbarian,” from the Greek ” barbaroi,” meaning all who are not Greek. “Gook” was first applied by US Marines to Muslim fanatic Moro rebels in the Phillipines at the turn of the previous century. The word has been equally applied to subsequent enemies in Nicaragua (to Mestizos, Spanish-Amerindian hybrids), Koreas, and Vietnamese, as well as to Pacific Islander noncombatants during WWII. It is obviously a non-race-specific, equal opportunity slur.

    Barry Soetoro in reply to Geologist. | March 28, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I trust you also avoid use of such slurs as “barbarian,” from the Greek ” barbaroi,” meaning all who are not Greek. “Gook” was first applied by US Marines to Muslim fanatic Moro rebels in the Phillipines at the turn of the previous century. The word has been equally applied to subsequent enemies in Nicaragua (to Mestizos, Spanish-Amerindian hybrids), Koreas, and Vietnamese, as well as to Pacific Islander noncombatants during WWII. It is obviously a non-race-specific, equal opportunity slur.

I continue to be embarrassed by my alma mater on an almost daily basis. They have lurched so far left that I don’t recognize it anymore. I agree with Geologist–we should refrain from using the terms he describes, but there is nothing racist about calling the virus what it is–is a virus that originated in the wet markets of Wuhan.

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