The nation’s most radical leftists are insisting that noting the origin of Kung Flu is ‘racist.’ Not to be outdone by fringe progressives on the East and West Coast, faculty members at the University of Montana in Missoula are also claiming that President Trump is ‘racist’ for making the scientific observation.
The Montana Daily Gazette previously reported on Big Sky leftists claiming Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton was racist for making the same observation. The talking point hasn’t seemed to have died since our March 14 story on the subject.
One Asian-American faculty member at the University of Montana – whose name was withheld in the Missoulian publication – claims she has to wear a mask in public because of the ‘racism’ fostered by President Trump.
She said, “Immediately I started to worry how some people will take this message and blame Chinese Americans for all the virus. With fear, I have put extra effort to minimize my Asian look. When my family and I are in public spaces … we wear hats and hoods and minimize talking in our native language.”
There are no known cases of anti-Asian hate-crimes in Montana. But that hasn’t stopped the catastrophizing.
Another faculty member, Nicky Phear, said in an online forum, “Weeks before Montanans started the stay-at-home status my family and lots of my Chinese friends had already decided to stay at home as much as possible, because we fear the virus spread, and we fear the potential harm by other people based on our identities.”
Again, there are no known cases of anti-Asian hate-crimes in Montana.
Despite this problem never having actually existed in Montana, the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center held a conference on ‘Zoom’ to discuss it.
Helen Zia and UM History Professor Tobin Miller Shearer both explained the ‘history of racism’ in Montana, having to reach back as far as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which was not centered in Montana. Another professor, Miller Shearer – director of the African American Studies Program – claimed that white people have a hard time addressing racism, saying, “Over the years, I’ve found that members of the white community found the process of interrupting racism very challenging.”
Again, there are no known cases of anti-Asian hate-crimes in Montana. Nonetheless, the MU faculty seem convinced that someone, somewhere, will display anti-Asian bigotry because American officials have noted the origins of the Chinese Virus.
Naming viruses for their origin is a standard practice in the global health community. Some examples include:
- West Nile Virus
- Ebola (Ebola River, Zaire)
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Lyme Disease (Lyme, Connecticut)
- German Measles
None of the names have been suggested by leftists to be “racist.”