The double standard of politically correct scientists: if the square is anti-racist, the Covid risk disappears

Some demonstrations are more equal than the others … Just close churches, businesses, shops, schools, impose rules for the reopening that will lead to the closure of many activities, prohibit demonstrations by those who ask for freedom, prevent funerals and processions … "because science says so" . Because there is nothing scientific here. There is only ideology

As the vaccine keeps waiting, miraculous medicine has made the Covid-19 epidemic disappear: anti-racism. Take notice too: the squares have filled up and nobody raises a finger to suggest caution, no demonstrator is denounced or fined, much less reproached by politicians / sheriffs, virologists and opinion leaders who in recent months have launched moral anathemas in the name of "science" ". This can be seen in Italy, where the media hysteria against the "nightlife" has been replaced by media enthusiasm for the squares full of anti-racists. But it is even more noticeable in America, home of the Black Lives Matter movement. Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, had sent the police to interrupt a rabbi's funeral . A few days ago the first citizen's daughter participated in a demonstration against racism enough to be arrested , but de Blasio says he is " proud " of her.

As we had already written on these columns , many Americans, especially of conservative and libertarian orientation, had protested on the street. The media and the "scientific consensus" had shouted outrage at them. The nurses, at least in one case, had called for a counter-demonstration. This was the greatest tension between freedom and security in Covid-19 times . Those who backed the reasons for security then seem to have converted to the cause of freedom. In an open letter , almost 1300 community leaders, doctors, health workers and academics, ask for the full freedom of demonstration (in safety) of those who protest against racism. It would seem to understand that, compared to the end of April, when conservative demonstrations took place, the risk of contagion is much lower, so protesting today is safer than protesting then. Quite right? No. If so, the attitude of the above experts would be fully understandable. In reality, their argument is much more convoluted and it is necessary to read it to understand the systematic double- weight of the scientific environment of these weeks.

According to the petitioners, in fact, "on April 30, predominantly white and heavily armed demonstrators entered the parliament of Lansing, Michigan, protesting orders to stay home and appeals to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of Covid-19 . Infectious disease specialists and health officials publicly condemned these actions and privately complained about the great distance between the scientific leaders and a part of the community they serve. As of May 30, we are witnessing continuous demonstrations in response to continuous, pervasive and institutional acts of racism, set in motion by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among many other black people whose lives have been broken by the police. A public health response to these demonstrations must still be guaranteed, but the message must be completely different from that sent to white protesters protesting orders to stay home. The narrative on infectious diseases and public health parallel to anti-racist demonstrations must also be consciously anti-racist and infectious disease experts must be clear and consistent in prioritizing the anti-racist message. White suprematism is a public health problem that precedes Covid-19 and contributes to its spread "(italics added, editor's note ).

How is this concept explained? In "scientific" terms: "Black people suffer from a dramatic health inequality in terms of life expectancy, infant and maternal mortality, chronic diseases and negative outcomes from serious diseases, such as heart attacks and infections. Biological conditions are insufficient to explain these inequalities. They are the result of a system of long-term oppression and prejudices affecting black people who have led to their discrimination in the healthcare system, their access to medical care and diminishing healthy food, massive imprisonment, exposure to pollution and noise, the harmful effects of stress. The blacks are more easily exposed to the contagion of Covid-19 "(our italics, ed).

The doctors and "experts" of this letter have made a unique theoretical leap: from medicine to social sciences. Their social theory may be more or less questionable, there is no need to address it here, but, in fact, they claim to cure social diseases. And that's why they invite everyone to be condescending, if not enthusiastic supporters of a type of social event (the demonstration) that they condemned until a month ago. They know they are double-heavy , they boast about it, they preach it. But is it science? Certainly, medicine has never claimed to be an exact science, but it completely delegitimizes it from this letter. It is no longer medicine, but politics. If it is political, therefore, let it be freely questioned. It is enough to close churches, close businesses, close shops, close schools, impose rules for reopening which will lead to the closure of many activities, prohibit demonstrations of those who ask for freedom, prevent funerals and processions … "because science says so". Because there is nothing scientific here. There is only ideology.

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This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Atlantico Quotidiano at the URL http://www.atlanticoquotidiano.it/quotidiano/il-doppio-standard-degli-scienziati-politicamente-corretti-se-la-piazza-e-antirazzista-il-rischio-covid-sparisce/ on Tue, 09 Jun 2020 04:11:00 +0000.