A Madison City-County Health Department demands:
Examine your assumptions!
If you’re worried about this uptick in cases of COVID-19, we ask that you worry less about people protesting and more about how you, your family, and your friends can change their social behavior to slow the spread of the virus. We also ask that you consider your assumptions. What racial biases do you have that have led you to believe that protesting is a driver of this pandemic instead of the actions that actually are driving it?
Now that is one heck of an assumption! Our taxpayer-supported Public Health Department even throws in some BLM propaganda, a photograph of a mural reading “Silence is Violence.” The slogan, and two sepulchral white heads, are painted on plywood covering a window.
It could also be said that broken windows (and intimidation, beatings, extortion, looting, and fire-bombing) are also violence. It could be said, but not in Madison WI. Not safely, anyway.
Especially since Public Health says — on the one hand, that “two public health crises — racism and the pandemic — are intersecting to disproportionately affect Black and Latinx members of our community.”
Then follows that with “people who are testing positive are mostly hanging out at bars and getting together with family and friends.” Not that the disproportionately affected folks could be hanging out and getting together.
Indeed, experts say (“experts say!”) they cannot link the massing of people in the George Floyd protests/riots with COVID-19 outbreaks. (Any more than they could link Wisconsin’s Spring voting.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That does not excuse Public Health’s own “request” that citizens “worry less about people protesting.” Then again, our local elected officials have declared racism to be a public health menace, so expect more of this finger wagging. No soup for you!