Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"White Supremacy is a Lethal Public Health Issue": Protesting It Takes Precedence Over COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders

As a follow up to The Phony Lockdowns Exposed by the Riots, check this out:

A group of 1,288 doctors, other health professionals and infectious disease specialists from top universities and health centers have signed an open letter that states that it is okay for people to protest despite the COVID-19 threat.

"White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19," the letter reads.

Here is more from the letter:
In addressing demonstrations against white supremacy, our first statement must be one of unwavering support for those who would dismantle, uproot, or reform racist institutions.

Staying at home, social distancing, and public masking are effective at minimizing the spread of COVID-19. To the extent possible, we support the application of these public health best practices during demonstrations that call attention to the pervasive lethal force of white supremacy. However, as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States. We can show that support by facilitating safest protesting practices without detracting from demonstrators’ ability to gather and demand change. This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders. Those actions not only oppose public health interventions, but are also rooted in white nationalism and run contrary to respect for Black lives. Protests against systemic racism, which fosters the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black communities and also perpetuates police violence, must be supported...
  •  Do not disband protests under the guise of maintaining public health for COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Demand that law enforcement officials also respect infection prevention recommendations by maintaining distance from protesters and wearing masks. 
  • Reject messaging that face coverings are motivated by concealment and instead celebrate face coverings as protective of the public’s health in the context of COVID-19.
  •  Listen, and prioritize the needs of Black people as expressed by Black voices. 
The full letter is here.

How can this possibly make any sense if COVID-19 is truly a serious threat?

The reality is that it is not and these signees understand this.

The COVID-19 threat is completely political as most clearly evidenced by this sentence in the letter:
 This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders. 
In other words, according to the signees, you can't protest in support of freedom, only in support of identity politics.

What kind of science is this?

The healthcare sector has moved to the forefront in terms of bizarre advocacy that has nothing to do with science.