+143Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19 - Scientific AmericanPublic health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protectedhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-racism-not-race-is-a-risk-factor-for-dying-of-covid-191/
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I started reading Ijeoma Oluo's book So you want to talk about race. On page 16
// "It is about race if it disproportionately or differently affects people of color." //
I was thinking does the pandemic fit this criteria? Yes it does. For example 40% of Black owned business failed during the pandemic. This is surreal and heartbreaking.
Next time someone makes a covid-19 denier statement, is against compulsory vaccines, or unwilling to de-platforming the disinformation dozen I am going to call them out and say // "that is racist!" //
As if black people cannot be covid deniers, nor do they posses the ability of free thought to choose against the vaxx....here's one thing, thst I can tell your woke mind has never called a black person , RACIST...and that makes YOU the racist
Of course Black people can be covid deniers. A Black person denying covid-19 only helps enforce the racist and white supremacist status quo. Yet, a Black individual cannot be racist.
"“Not having a capital letter has felt disrespectful,”"
As for calling out Black people I usually say that statement is racist, to avoid calling a person racist. For example, when you used a lowercase b in Black people, that was a little bit racist and disrespectful sentence. See link below.
If I went by the subversive liberal definition, I will always be racist no matter how much I change the proper pronunciation... ...please oh please , don't judge my bad grammer as being racist, in my heart of hearts I know I'm not racist...... but I'm not smart enough to explain it properly
The problem with the other definitions of racism is they are too broad to have any meaning or so narrow they hardly anyone fits the criteria. For example everyone has racial bias, science has proven that.
The narrow definition of someone who deliberately commits a racist act or thinks one race is superior to another ignores colorblind racism. That's why the liberal definition which is increasingly mainstream is useful. White privilege shows how a white person can benefit without even knowing at BIPOC expense.
For example in the article I linked to, if there is one ventilator left a white person is more likely to receive the critical care and live at the expense of BIPOC who are more likely to have diabetes due to food deserts, fast-food swamps, and more inequities. This shows the colorblind racism within the medical system.
John McWhorter has a point. Focusing too much on grammar as you put it distracts. We need to find pragmatic political solutions to help. I suggest mask mandates, compulsory vaccines passport laws, vaccines for the 3rd world, and de-platforming the disinformation dozen to end the pandemic. All these would help everyone, but would help BIPOC more.
At the very least take personal action to wear mask, be fully vaccinated and boostered, social distance, wash hands, test, and self quarantine when needed.