WND reported that diversity officials in the University of California system have prohibited the use of the term “Chinese virus” to refer to the global pandemic that originated in China.
They’ve also instructed faculty, staff, and students to discourage other individuals from using the term as well.
The Council of Chief Diversity Officers issued a statement instructing everyone in the system to “reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online.”
“Be an ‘up-stander,’ and discourage others from engaging in such behavior,” the officers stated.
“Do not use terms such as ‘Chinese virus’ or other terms which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities,” the statement instrument.
It added, “Do not allow the use of these terms by others.”
It also recommended that students “be inclusive and remember that everyone has different circumstances.”
The statement also urges the public to support health-care workers and comply with health agency recommendations for behavior.
In addition, there are a number of recommendations for facilitating online classes and interactions, for example, not allowing criticism of individuals in “casual attire.”
“Remember that people may be operating without resources and access to man material items and services,” the document suggests.
The Daily Wire declared that the university system was “bowing to current political correctness.”
The document directs people to “refer to the virus as either ‘COVID-19’ or ‘coronavirus’ in both oral and written communications.”
It cited resources from the University of California system, including a Joint Statement from the Vice Chancellor – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Interim Vice Chancellor at UC Davis titled “Rejecting Coronavirus Xenophobia.”
That statement said: “A core of our mission at UC Davis Health is, of course, to advance health. Yet, health, privilege and bias are often intertwined. In recent weeks, we have seen an example of this in the alarming rise in bigotry and xenophobia against Asian communities. For many Asians, the racism is not new, but it has been emboldened as Asians are scapegoated for the coronavirus epidemic. This is doubly painful as Chinese communities also bear the weight of most of the lives lost.”
Jerry Kang, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA also said “you can see why I’m concerned about the use of another name, ‘Wuhan virus,’ which reflects both intellectual laziness and stereotyping.”
“It’s lazy in the sense that there are more precise names for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that it causes, COVID-19. We’re smart enough to learn the proper nomenclature,” he continued.
WND reported last week on two members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issuing a rebuttal to their panel’s majority statement warning of “growing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia” in response to the Wuhan virus outbreak.
Commission members Peter Kirsanow and Gail Heriot, who regularly disagree with their fellow’ positions, said they certainly agree that the Wuhan virus “is no excuse for anyone to attack or insult individuals of Asian descent and that when such acts rise to the level of criminal behavior, law enforcement should immediately intervene.”
“But that’s obvious to just about everyone in America,” they stated. “The rare exception is unlikely to read the Commission’s statement, much less be persuaded by it.”
Kirsanow and Heriot disputed the panel’s claim that the relatively small number of incidents cited — which mostly featured children and teenagers misbehaving — indicates there is a growing wave of racially inspired attacks.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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