On January 31st President Trump, in response to what was then referred to as the Wuhan coronavirus, imposed a travel ban on China. The response was swift and predictable. The ban was decried as racist, dangerous and unnecessary.
The Chinese Communist Party was quick to scream racism and the Communist propaganda machine went into overdrive and social justice warriors across the globe lapped it up. It was a rush to see who could virtue signal the hardest and Italy was one of the top contenders. A move that would prove deadly.
The Communist Party’s media outlet, The Global Times, demanded that “anti-China actions” be “punished” and blamed the United States for spreading “hate” and racism against Chinese people.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of the WHO criticized the nations that imposed travel bans claiming they weren’t necessary, “There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade… We call on all countries to implement decisions that are evidence-based and consistent. WHO stands ready to provide advice to any country that is considering which measures to take.”
Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) jumped on board and said, “This is a virus that happened to pop up in China. But the virus doesn’t discriminate between Asian versus non-Asian… In our response we can’t create prejudices and harbor anxieties toward one population… We shouldn’t have an antagonistic relationship with the Chinese. We should be working hand in hand.”
Jay Stanley, from the ACLU said in a statement, “These measures are extraordinary incursions on liberty and fly in the face of considerable evidence that travel bans and quarantines can do more harm than good, including studies from the World Health Organization itself.”
Meanwhile in Italy, the Mayor of Florence, Italy, Dario Nardella, gave his support to a member of Associazione Unione Giovani Italo Cinesi, a Chinese government funded society, for an initiative to eradicate prejudice of Chinese who work and travel in Italy. #AbbracciaUnCinese, meaning, “Hug a Chinese,”
In a video Nardella said “This is a fight of solidarity and unity against virus. That’s why I stand up to express my support to China and Chinese people… It’s also a great chance to extinguish xenophobia and tension.”
Then early February, a video set in Milan carried the message, "I'm not a virus. I'm a human. Eradicate the prejudice." urging Italians to hug Chinese people to encourage them in the fight against the coronavirus. The other video, set in Florence, can be seen here.
The resulting rush to virtue signal despite common sense is apparent and tragic. The Chinese Communist Party capitalized on liberal idiocy and the hatred perpetuated by the Western mainstream media for a propaganda war. All the while knowing full well how transmissible the Wuhan coronavirus was from person to person and how deadly it was.
Yet, even today the Western mainstream media continues to turn a blind eye and continues to push the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda in the guise of social justice and risking the safety of the American people.
Allan Giberti is the host of RI Red Radio on 990WBOB.com. You can listen to Allan live on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern.
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