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.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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