U. Texas Dean Condemns Use of the Term ‘Chinese Virus’
“fuels acts of hate that have no place in our university”
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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That sort of handwringing and sniveling belongs nowhere.
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Get over yourself, Professor Moron.
Even after the MSM stopped using the terms “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan flu,” they continued to refer to the 1918 “Spanish flu.” The big difference is that the “Spanish flu” didn’t really originate in Spain, but the “Chinese virus” really did originate in Wuhan, China.
Political correctness is at its finest when it contradicts reality.
That, and, Spain is white people. They don’t offend nearly as easily as the hand-wringers tell us other people are.
Given that the government’s policies of hiding information may have exacerbated the pandemic, perhaps we should call it “The Communist Virus”.
Or maybe “The Red Death”.
I’d like to know what “acts of hate” have been fueled by describing the Kung Flu in the same terms the media used just a few weeks ago.
I want to see police reports on all these acts of hate that the media fomented.
Great point. I too want to see the evidence that the term “Chinese virus” fuels acts of hate. I use the term Wuhan virus instead, but I’m fine with the less precise term “Chinese virus.”
We could call it ‘the CCP Pandemic’ instead. Or maybe ‘Xi Jinping Disease’? Would that make the Texas dean happier? I seriously doubt it.
I prefer Jim Treacher‘s name for it: “The Chinese coronavirus from Wuhan, a city in China ruled by Chinese Communists where the Chinese-sourced Sino-virus came from.”
Yes, no Ambiguity here! Pretty much perfect covering all the bases.