“Xenophobia is ‘in our DNA…I believe that it’s more dangerous and more contagious than a virus.'”
The San Antonio City Council passed a resolution that designated the terms “Chinese Virus” and “Kung Fu Virus” as hate speech in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
The resolution, which was put forward by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, states that hate crimes, discrimination, and aggression against Asians and Jews are on the rise as the groups are blamed for the disease’s outbreak and spread. The city is committed, the resolution reads, “the safety and well-being of all community members, including the Asian and Jewish communities, and in combatting hate crimes targeting Asians, Jews and Pacific Islanders.”
The resolution also states that the use of terms like “Chinese Virus” or “Kung Fu virus” encourage hate crimes and incidents against Asians as well as spread misinformation. Meanwhile, it says, the Jewish community has been targeted with blame and conspiracy theories regarding the disease.
“We’ve seen incidents that are clearly racist in nature all around this country, and we’ve even seen some incidents here. But this is really about standing in solidarity with all the members of our community,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg told reporters following the vote.
The city council insisted that no certain race, ethnicity, or nationality created the virus. The members even pointed out to WHO “guidance against using geographic descriptors for the virus that could fuel acts of ethnic or racial discrimination.”
I guess they will eventually add the Spanish Flu and the West Nile Virus? Lyme Disease? I don’t think so.
San Antonio Council Member Manny Pelaez on supporting a resolution that denounces phrases like “Chinese virus” or “Kung Fu virus” bc it encourages hate crimes: Xenophobia is “in our DNA…I believe that it’s more dangerous and more contagious than a virus.”
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 8, 2020
Officials claim that some people have targeted businesses and people because of the coronavirus:
Businesses and individuals in San Antonio have been victimized due to the coronavirus — including Golden Star, a Chinese restaurant near the city’s downtown, officials said.
“It’s been in operation for almost 90 years,” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said, according to the station. “They’re a Chinese restaurant family and they have been threatened. They have been the victims of hate speech and hate crimes, with vandalism and that sort of thing on their property.”
Communist China continues to push a propaganda campaign to hide the fact that the virus began in Wuhan. Did it start in a wet market? Did it start at the lab? Either way, the outbreak began in Wuhan. It began in China.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lost his mind over the resolution:
This is NUTS. SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words “Wuhan virus.” If they want to investigate someone, start with NYT & CNN who both repeatedly (and rightly) referred to it as “the Chinese coronavirus.” #NoSpeechPolice https://t.co/a10BZAvleQ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 7, 2020
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