A Thin Line

10th April 2020

In Mid March President Donald Trump suddenly stopped referring to the Covid-19 coronavirus by its common name, which experts and laypeople and the president himself had been using for months, and started using a racist designation: the “Chinese virus.” ~ Vox.com

Donald Trump Clipart AprilThis is my third response to GC’s Wednesday challenge Boundarieson our shared site Weekly Prompts.

A thin line exists between racism and xenophobia, is it possible that with Trump they could be the same?

I am not an American, but looking in from afar I cannot help noticing that Trump continues to go beyond the acceptable boundaries of leadership and decency while inciting division and hate, deliberately encouraging xenophobia amongst those who follow and believe the words that spill like poison from his lips.

Therefore it disappointed me to note this morning that one of our blogging colleagues  had used the same words as Trump when he described the Coronavirus as  the ‘Chinese’ Covid-19 virus. 

Our colleague’s blog today makes interesting reading as he disputes the official death toll of Covid-19 victims.

Our colleague is an intelligent, decent, church-going family man, he is loyal but not just to his political party, he is loyal to Trump in a way that almost beggars belief. 

He and I have long since agreed to disagree on Trump’s leadership.

Last month, the Head of the United States, Donald Trump, told everyone the crisis would be over by Easter. Our colleague mentioned that he hoped to visit his granddaughter again in two weeks. I told him I hoped he would, but not to hold his breath and warned that the virus had hardly begun in the US. My friend’s reply “I prefer to listen to my president!”

The world has been trying to move past the racist disease-naming conventions of the past in recent years, making it all the more telling that Trump has revived them in these moments of crisis. He might want to deflect blame onto anybody else given the harsh criticism his administration has faced for being slow to respond to the outbreak.

But whatever the reason, it appears the term he’s been using — with all of its potentially dangerous consequences, particularly for Asian Americans — it is now the preferred nomenclature of the White House. It is dangerous rhetoric, unbecoming of a national leader in this time of crisis. ~ Vox.com

Scientists say it is highly likely that the virus came from bats but first passed through an intermediary animal. ~ guardian.com.

The virus could have begun anywhere in the world, how unfortunate that it began in China.

After reading our colleague’s blog, a thought crossed my mind – what would Trump  have done if the ‘Spanish Flu’ had been named the American Flu? Some experts believe it originated in the US and from there spread rapidly to the rest of the world.

We know the flu virus didn’t originate in Spain, but unlike the US and other countries Spain did not adopt ‘radio silence’ regarding the pandemic, consequently the flu virus took its name.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Wednesday Challenge Boundaries  from Weekly Prompts. Also linked to Fandango’s One Word Challenge Head

https://fivedotoh.com/2020/04/10/fowc-with-fandango-head/

29 thoughts on “A Thin Line

    1. The death toll is higher than it should have been and more will die because of his slow response to the virus. You are right, he is dangerous! Thank you, Sylvia 🙂

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      1. I think all governments made mistakes, but none have made the mistakes he’s made! He takes the biscuit, he keeps on blundering his way through and getting away with it. So sorry, Sylvia, and thank you.

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  1. I immediately recognised who your friend was, having stopped following some time ago for the reason of blind faith in stupidity leading to very dangerous and blatantly false statements. However, perhaps the same thoughts could be levelled against me!

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  2. The Donald is NOT someone any of us should be quoting.
    😦 and “grrr”!

    WAY before he even thought of running for president and was a business man with a lot of failures and was on a reality TV show I didNOT like him. I tried to…but it never happened. Just his voice got on my nerves and then WHAT he said made me even more upset. I did NOT vote for him. And I have struggled every day under his “presidential leadership”. 😦

    I better not say anymore.

    Well, I’ll tell a story…My grandmother was always so positive and never said anything bad about anyone. So we asked her what she thought of The Devil…thinking she’d finally have to say something negative. She thought a moment and then said, “Well, The Devil is certainly a hard worker.” HA!

    Anyway, I say all that to say that I honestly can’t think of anything good to say about The Donald 😦 .

    (((HUGS))) and ❤
    PS…I'm sorry you had to part from a WP blogger…but we do have to set boundaries to protect ourselves emotionally. None of us need anymore negativity or stress in our lives. We have too much already.

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      1. There is no need to ever apologise and especially when HE’s involved.
        Thank you, Carolyn.
        Almost 11:30 PM here and past my bedtime. Night night, Carolyn. See you in the morning! 🙂

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      2. I am so worried he’ll sweep in again, with more power to do so much more harm. Poor USA. Actually, poor world, he affects all of us.

        A few of my Republican friends in the USA have seen the light, others haven’t. It is mighty hard to change attitudes. (Mine included!)

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      3. I agree with you. Often voting for a certain party becomes a loyal habit, but when this party is led by a man of such poor character it surely is time to re-think one’s values.

        I’m concerned too, and under the present circumstances and the ageing competition I think we all need to be worried! Where are all the young bright sparks? Thank you, Yvonne.

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      4. I hope Joe Biden selects his VP running mate carefully, young and able to take over the reins, if needs be. Female would be nice, but I try to be realistic.

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Gee Sue, you should just speak your mind and not mince words!! Lol. It’s very refreshing to read your words….so sick of listening to Trump’s “yes” men/women.

    How he gets away with his racist remarks is mind boggling. You don’t want me to get started, so I won’t! You’d have to delete my entire comment.

    I hope by the time we’re rid of Covid-19 we’re rid of him too!
    Ginger

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    1. I hope so too – as much as the man shocks and offends me he must be an absolute nightmare to those of you who live in the US. and are forced to live with the embarrassment. thank you so much, Ginger 🙂

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  4. Someone I used to chat to, described the Chinese as “… awful people who kill wild animals to eat … disgusting …” She was not too happy when I said that “… they should be more civilised and just kill them for fun, like Grouse and Deer etc..”. Hope you are well and safe.

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    1. I’ve followed him since before Trump came to power. Back then he had a very busy site with lots of followers. I’ve noticed his visitor numbers have dropped lately, and I’m not at all surprised. Thank you, Derrick 🙂

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