Kamala Harris Proves She Is Behind The Curve With Her Latest Claim
The Wuhan Virus first hit the United States at the end of January. It was quickly renamed The Corona Virus or COVID-19. The WHO and China felt that the Wuhan part was offensive so they pushed for it to not be referred to in that way. Problem solved. Every once and a while people still refer to it as the Wuhan virus as that is where it originated. But now it appears Kamala Harris is publically speaking out against The Corona Virus being called the Wuhan Virus as that is somehow anti-Asian...I feel she may be a little late to the party on this one.
"Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced a resolution condemning “anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19,” including use of the phrase “Wuhan Virus.”
"Harris introduced the resolution on Thursday, joined by fellow Democratic senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. It aims to “condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and religious intolerance” related to the coronavirus, and specifically cites phrases such as “Wuhan virus,” “Chinese virus,” and “Kung-flu.” It also calls on federal officials to “expeditiously investigate and document” credible reports of hate crimes or threats against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities and “investigate and prosecute perpetrators” if necessary."
The resolution claims a study found over 400 cases of anti-Asian discrimination related to COVID-19 between February 7 and March 9.
“Inflammatory and racist rhetoric from officials at the highest level of our government has contributed to a disturbing rise in hate-crimes targeting Asian Americans,” said Hirono."
But Wuhan is not a slur or even anything remotely offensive. It just happens to be where this virus originated. The discrimination is based on fear. Some Americans were clearly afraid of their Chinese-American neighbors, which is kind of understandable considering where the virus originated. But Harris here is going overboard. It's not the name Wuhan Virus that is causing all of the trouble, it's fear of the virus itself.