Isn’t it amazing how this keeps coming up? This is the most important aspect of this crisis? Really?

The College Fix reports:

University of Texas dean connects phrase ‘Chinese virus’ with harassment of Asian American students

If you use the phase “Chinese virus” as shorthand to describe the novel coronavirus that creates the illness COVID-19, you are “fuel[ing] acts of hate that have no place in our university, our community, or our country.”

That’s what the dean of the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts told her community in a Friday email forwarded to The College Fix. Ann Huff Stevens even connected the phrase, which refers to the geographic origin of SARS-CoV-2, to “several reports of harassment” the college has received.

A spokesperson for the college denied that Stevens was ordering the community not to use the phrase after The College Fix noted that a free speech group had rebuked the University of California System about a similarly worded warning to its community, saying it violates the First Amendment.

Stevens began her email:

In recent days my colleagues and I have received several reports of harassment directed at Asian American graduate students as well as students from abroad who are seeking advanced degrees from the university.

At a time when Americans need to come together to face a serious pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has instead sparked anti-Asian xenophobia both here in Texas and across the U.S.

Using language that encourages others to view a crisis in overly simplistic geographic or racial terms — for example, referring to COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus” — fuels acts of hate that have no place in our university, our community, or our country.


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