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University of California System Advises Students and Faculty not to Say ‘Chinese Virus’

University of California System Advises Students and Faculty not to Say ‘Chinese Virus’

“Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19”

It’s amazing how many people on the left have adopted this position. Political correctness above everything.

The College Fix reports:

UC system tells students and faculty not to use term ‘Chinese virus’

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring economic, academic and social activity to a standstill, the University of California system released a guidance document telling all those associated with its network of campuses not to refer to the disease as the “Chinese virus.”

COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, originated in the city of Wuhan in the People’s Republic of China in December 2019, leading many to refer to the disease as the “Chinese” or “Wuhan” virus as alternative names.

In its “Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19” memo, UC officials said students, faculty, staff and administrators should “not use terms such as ‘Chinese Virus’ or other terms which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities, and do not allow the use of these terms by others. Refer to the virus as either ‘COVID-19’ or ‘coronavirus’ in both oral and written communications.”

The issue of what to call the virus has been a point of controversy in recent weeks. President Donald Trump has made a point to call the virus “the Chinese virus” during daily press briefings of his coronavirus task force despite facing criticism for doing so.

The guidance from UC, however, did not just instruct those in the UC family to avoid calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.” In addition to general guidance about social distancing and self-quarantining, it featured a laundry list of politically correct buzzwords and instructions.

Prepared by the UC council of chief diversity officers, the guidance is supposed to assist “campus decision makers, faculty, administrators, students and staff on providing supportive positive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.”

It instructs people to “reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online” and to “discourage others from engaging in such behavior.”


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Chinese Virus. Deal with it.

Council of Chief Diversity Officers. Pointless, useless, mediocre human beings who contribute zero of value to society.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Jack Klompus. | March 26, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    They serve the purpose of filling quotas set by The Department of Education, and the EEOC.

    You remember the Dept of Ed. That as the department Ronaldus Amnesteus said he’d close down.

commonly referred to as the coronavirus
And that’s a good reason to refer to it as “Wuhan Flu” (or my favorite, “Winnie The Flu”) – it is NOT “THE coronavirus. It is A coronavirus. Just like SARS… which is another one the Commie Chinese managed to disconnect from its point of origin. (It stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, not Sino-Acute…. Despite its beginnings, once again, in China.)

Oh, and “novel” coronavirus is only accurate until the next coronavirus gets loose from a Chinese lab and/or wet market.

which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities
Oh, fer cryin’ out loud. Defining something accurately that is somehow of concern has nothing to do with “hatred”. At least when that word is used according to its meaning in the English language, not the Yahoos. They’re right that there’s “projection” involved, though. Sheesh.

SeekingRationalThought | March 25, 2020 at 1:09 pm

I don’t understand. Why would you call the Chinese virus something other than a Chinese virus? Unless someone is paying you to hide something.

I wonder what the UC Council of Chief Diversity Officers does during the rest of the thirty-nine hours and forty-five minutes of a typical forty hour week.

Have they advised on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or Transylvanian Turf Toe yet? What about Boston Baked Mind, or West Nile Virus?

Can you believe that people actually go into debt for this crap?

Forbidding people from calling things by their right names is a facet of totalitarianism.

healthguyfsu | March 26, 2020 at 5:50 am

Well, Chinese virus may not be precise enough if more of these zoonotic bat-borne viruses emerge soon.

Stick with Wuhan Coronavirus for specificity IMO and stick it to the language cops.

Say “Xi’s Virus” He will be remembered for something big say millions of deaths world wide. Mao would be proud. He only killed a few million and they were mainly Chinese which he didn’t really care about.

Nice to know the folks at Cal have their priorities straight. Sort of like ordering people fleeing from a tsunami not to jaywalk or cross against the light.

Last I heard, nobody in Colorado was getting his knickers in a knot over Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Nor anybody in Lyme, Connecticut, either.

It showed up in Wuhan, China, so it’s Wuhan virus. If the Chinese are that sensitive (which is very hard to imagine), they’ll have to deal w/it.