There is perhaps some silliness in laying “blame” for a pandemic – it strikes us as nonsense on the level of finding someone to “blame” for a hurricane.
But there is some difference with the coronavirus, because we can safely say that China holds some responsibility. Either they were messing around with contaminated bats at their wet markets or they were fiddling around with them in a lab. Either way, these unsafe practices led to the crossover. Furthermore (and arguably worse), their attempt to cover up the truth led directly to the pandemic escaping their borders and putting the world through a hellacious 2020. So yeah, in the case of COVID, the idea of laying blame is not too far-fetched.
But according to Hardy Middle School teacher Caneisha Mills, who teaches in Washington, D.C., China isn’t even in the conversation when it comes to finding something to blame for the pandemic. According to her lesson plan, which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, there are three main culprits, and none of them are Beijing.
From the Free Beacon:
Hardy Middle School teacher Caneisha Mills had her students host a “People’s Tribunal on the Coronavirus Pandemic,” whose “defendants” included racism, capitalism, and the United States government. “I wanted to … point out that the capitalist system was behind the pain, trauma, isolation, and destitution [my students] were facing,” Mills said. “Capitalism, racism, and the U.S. government left us to die.”
As part of the tribunal, students had to answer a series of leading questions about America’s coronavirus response. “How does capitalism in the United States cause crises like the coronavirus and the flu pandemic of 1918,” one worksheet asked. “If the government and capitalist system are guilty, what should be the ‘sentence’?”
Far from laying the blame at the feet of the Chinese, who are of course communists and nonwhite, Mills’ material actually goes out of its way to praise China for taking “exactly the measures that a government should take in times of crises.”
Yes, measures like investigating a doctor who tried to sound the alarm in Wuhan. Measures like lying to the World Health Organization. Measures like welding people into their homes to enforce a city-wide lockdown. If only we had a government like the Chinese Communist Party, things would be oh-so-much better!
Encouraging other teachers to adopt her lesson plan, Mills proudly said that her students “wanted to put Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and all members of the federal government in jail.”
Sounds like a productive exercise in Marxist indoctrination. Kudos, Mrs. Mills. Our future is bright because of people like you – bright red.