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San Antonio City Council Denounces The Utterance of Chinese Flu “Hate Speech”
By Allan Wall, News With Views, May 15th, 2020
Freedom of speech is under attack in our country.
According to an article on News 4 San Antonio, “City Council unanimously passed a resolution that denounces the use of terms like ‘Chinese virus’ and ‘Kung Fu Virus’ as San Antonio continues to fight against the spread of COVID-19.”
So the City Council of a major American city “denounces” calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” even though the virus came from China.
The article goes on to report that “The resolution condemns any hate speech, violent action and the ‘spread of misinformation related to COVID-19.’ ”
Notice how the concepts of “hate speech” (defined by whom?) is placed next to “violent action”.
Any sort of “violent action” is already covered by laws against assault and battery, vandalism and murder. Why lump “violent action” in with “hate speech”?
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg urged the council members to vote for this resolution, to which they obediently responded by voting 11 to 0 to approve it.
Last year, the same mayor campaigned to get a Chick-fil-A restaurant kicked out of a contract at San Antonio’s airport. Thankfully, Nirenberg wasn’t successful, but it shows where his heart is. (For my previous articles on the ongoing Chick-fil-A imbroglio, , click here, here and here.
By following a link on the previously-linked News 4 San Antonio article, you can see the actual resolution. Here are a few gems from that:
“WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a public health issue, not a racial, religious or ethnic one, and the deliberate use of terms such as ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Kung Fu virus’ to describe COVID-19 only encourages hate crimes and incidents against Asians and further spreads misinformation at a time when communities should be working together to get through this crisis;…”
Note how the resolution affirms that just saying “Chinese virus” to refer to COVID-19 “only encourage hate crimes and incidents against Asians…”
It’s rather amazing when you think about it. The next “Whereas” says that “the Jewish community has been targeted with blame, hate, antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories about their creating, spreading and profiting from COVID-19”.
What does saying “Chinese virus” have to do with that?
Any real violence perpetrated against anyone ought to be punished, and it’s already illegal. What we have in this resolution is an attempt to discourage freedom of speech.
The resolution declares that “The City of San Antonio denounces antisemitism, anti-Asian bigotry, and all hateful speech, violent action and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 that casts blame, promotes racism or discrimination or harms the City of San Antonio Asian and Pacific Islander, Jewish, immigrant or other communities.”
Notice how it combines “violent action” and “hateful speech”. Once again, who defines “hateful speech”?
What about “the spread of misinformation”? After all, even experts don’t agree on COVID-19 policy.
What about “casting blame”? Does that mean you can’t criticize the Communist Chinese government for its handling of the Coronavirus, nor the World Health Organization?
How about Democratic politicians who “cast blame” on Trump’s handling of the crisis? Would they be covered by this? Probably not, if they’re anti-Trump.
Maybe this resolution doesn’t amount to much in the big scheme of things, but it’s an example of a dangerous way of thinking.
Another article by News 4 San Antonio quoted Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales who discussed a San Antonio Chinese restaurant called Golden Star: “It’s been in operation for almost 90 years. 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.”
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