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Political Correctness Gone Wild: California Universities Ban the Use of the Term “Chinese Virus”

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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.”

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“Be an ‘up-stander,’ and discourage others from engaging in such behavior,” the officers stated.

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“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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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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