Democrat lawmakers in the House and Senate have already decided, naturally, that the coronavirus crisis is a perfect opportunity to flood the White House with legislation filled with liberal wishlists. Additionally, people like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) want to take this crisis and turn it into yet another excuse to play everyone’s favorite game: The Oppression Olympics.
Yes, on Friday, while the rest of Washington was focused on getting the stimulus bill out the door, these two paragons of virtue were harassing the Department of Health and Human Services for “demographic data” on people who have been tested or treated for the coronavirus.
“Any attempt to contain COVID-19 in the United States will have to address its potential spread in low-income communities of color, first and foremost to protect the lives of people in those communities, but also to slow the spread of the virus in the country as a whole,” the lawmakers wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “This lack of information will exacerbate existing health disparities and result in the loss of lives in vulnerable communities.”
Wait, did they outright admit that America’s FIRST priority should be “communities of color,” only AFTER which the country should worry about the “country as a whole”? Wow. Not sure we’ve ever seen it put in such stark terms. No wonder people like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker were so eager to sign their names to this letter. Any effort to divide and conquer is A-OK with them. We’re only surprised we don’t see AOC’s dirty fingers all over this letter.
In a public statement, Warren continued: “Decades of structural racism have prevented so many Black and Brown families from accessing quality health care, affordable housing, and financial security, and the coronavirus crisis is blowing these disparities wide open. We need the government to step up in a big way to ensure that communities of color have equal access to free testing and treatment. Congresswoman Pressley and I aren’t going to let up until we see solid data and real progress.”
Keep in mind that, because there is no demographic data (as Warren and Pressley pointed out in their original letter), Warren cannot possibly conclude that the coronavirus crisis is “blowing these disparities wide open.” If there is any “disparity” in how the virus is spreading throughout racial communities, it is solely because large metropolitan cities (naturally) are more exposed to faster spread than small rural communities.
Not sure how that equates to systemic injustice, but we suppose in 2020, even viruses are guilty of racism.