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
This is my third response to GC’s Wednesday challenge Boundaries. on 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