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  • Nov 21, 2019

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The President of the trigger xenophobia with rhetoric about coronavirus.

Two days ago, President Donald Trump suddenly stopped referring to the common name, which experts and laymen and the President himself have been using for months, and start using the racist term “virus China”

The world has tried to move past the disease racist-naming conventions of the past in the past few years, making it all the more saying that Trump has revived them in times of crisis. He may be upset because Chinese officials and media have, for their part ,. He might want to blame Deflect to others considering the harsh criticism his administration has faced

But whatever the reason, it seems the term he has used -. With all the potentially dangerous consequences, especially for Asian Americans -. Now the nomenclature preferred from the White House

View the Twitter account Trump, a megaphone for the nation, he tweeted about 40 times between January 24 (first mention) and March 15, but on March 16 the rhetoric reverse: He does not refer to “coronavirus” altogether and instead using his new tweeted five times in two days

I’m always treated very seriously Virus China ,. and has done a very good job from the beginning, including my decision very early to close the “border” of China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. Fake News new narrative embarrassing and fake!

Another variation between administration officials and Republicans in Congress, including “flu-China” or “Chinese coronavirus” or “coronavirus Wuhan.” Some comments were reported from people around Trump even less polite.

This morning a White House official called “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they call it behind my back.

There are of racializing pandemic by attaching them to a certain place and people, othering pathogens that originate in other countries in much the same way white Americans have the historical othered of color who come to (or ancestors came to) the United States than elsewhere. Trump’s comments are another example of this pathetic instinct and another illustration of xenophobia in the office. This is the same president who called some African countries such as the advocacy of restrictive immigration policies.

Trump defended his comments at a news conference Wednesday, as just struggling for accuracy, after a reporter asked about reports of a prejudiced act taken in the United States recently against people of Asian descent.

“Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, not at all, “the president said. “It comes from China. That is why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate. “

But the virus and the disease it causes in humans has been referred to by experts as a coronavirus new, Covid-19, and SARS-CoV-2, so that the Trump name on it altogether inaccurate , But it does not fit in with the history of xenophobia and the president blamed the problem in the US on external actors. This rhetoric is dangerous, unworthy of national leaders in times of crisis.

Every time there pandemic, we need a name for it. Usually there are used in common language (like coronavirus) and then the scientific names (such as SARS-CoV-2). The latter is usually produced through some kind of formula – explains how the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses come with SARS-CoV-2 – but the former is more chance. “Coronavirus” entered the lexicon although it covers a family of viruses, including the one that causes the common cold, and it stuck.

When naming a disease caused by a new coronavirus, international leaders really went out of their way to avoid names with references to people, places, or even an animal, such as.

“We have to find a name that does not refer to a geographical location, animal, individual, or group of people, and are also pronounced and associated with this disease,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said in February.

But you will still see some defenders Trump refers to the history of colloquial names are (apparently) rely on the site of disease origin – like the Spanish flu, Ebola, etc. – as evidence that the president simply follow the practice of long-held. This tweet from Senator Chuck Grassley(R-IA) is a good example of this misconception:

I do not understand why the Chinese mad bc we refer to the virus that originated there “virus China” Spain never got angry when we called the Spanish flu of 1918 & 1919

the White House has cited this history has accused critics trying to divide America when unity is needed.

The Spanish flu. West Nile virus. Zika. Ebola. All media places.Before name for the fake anger, even CNN called it “China Coronavirus.” They are trying to divide us should stop rooting for American failure and provide real Americans the information they need to get through the crisis

But the Spanish flu did not get the name. (The original name: H1N1) due to start in Spain. It actually started in Kansas. It became commonly known as the Spanish flu because in the midst of World War I, in which Spain remained neutral, Spain is one of the only Western country willing to report frankly on the pandemic. As Rachel Withers:

mistaken, according to a podcast episode, emerged as a result of geopolitical power. When a pandemic broke out during World War I, neither side wants the other to find out they were ill-they also do not want their own troops for their public spirit lost or panic. News of the outbreak was suppressed or greatly downplayed in Germany, France, Britain and the United States, but Spain, like Switzerland, neutral in the war, and the media is no doubt about outbreaks of infectious cover weakened population, creating the false impression that this is a disease of Spain. As a virologist John Oxford said: “And I think the whole world looked around and said, ‘What is happening in Spain?’ And so since then, much to the annoyance of Spain and many disorders of virologists Spain, I can tell you, we’ve all been called Spanish Flu ever since. “

Or take the Ebola virus, which, despite the name for a river in Africa, actually got the name because it’s the scientists who want to avoid the stigma of the village where the disease first appeared.

One team member suggested naming it after the village, known as Yambuku, but other scientists push back. As Bahar Gholipour:

But naming Yambuku virus will run the risk of stigma village, said another scientist, Dr. Joel Breman, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s never happened before, for example, in the case of Lassa virus, which emerged in the town of Lassa in Nigeria in 1969.

They eventually went with Ebola because the map is not accurate lead them to believe it was near Yambuku and seemingly ” according fun. ” Ebola is not really a nearby stream to the village, because they know once they see an accurate map, but the name stuck anyway. We have seen other recent outbreaks, such as the 2015 Zika virus, also took the name of the nearby natural features but not the name of a place or a person related to where they come from.

So Trump liked not only the name of an adoption usual formula for naming the pathogen – at least not today’s world formula interested in following. Rather, they reflect the dark history of the disease blamed on outsiders.

Although Trump and his allies certainly one that call coronavirus “China virus” just following the old naming convention, it is very much in keeping with a history of drawing foreign afraid. (And let us remember Trump has accused immigrants bringing infectious diseases into the country.)

“English disease has always been associated with the discourse of our entire immigration,” Natalia Molina, a professor of history and American studies at the University of Southern California, said. “I think it’s pretty clear that our fears about immigrants and outsiders are always supported by concerns about disease and contamination.”

Chinese people in particular have been the target of fear mongering-related outbreaks before in the United States. As historian James Mohr, who wrote a book about the 1899 outbreak of bubonic plague in Honolulu, Hawaii ,:

Since the beginning of the victims are Chinese, ugly cries appeared to destroy all Asian neighborhood on the pretext that they seem to be breeding grounds for outbreaks; blaming the victim and increased hostility toward minorities have the advantage of health-related panic since ancient times

Local officials do resist herd mentality, but the goodwill they still went awry. They try to do a controlled burn of the houses where plague victims died to eradicate the disease, such as, but the fire grew out of control and eventually destroy 5,000 homes in the city.

Here in 2020, we look for hate crimes against Asian Americans as concerns mount coronavirus. Researchers in San Francisco found more than 1,000 cases of xenophobia against Chinese Americans and their communities between January 28 and February 24 reported; one of the researchers found in an informal survey of small businesses owned by Chinese Americans that they have lost between 50 percent and 70 percent of their business in the last few days.

We all must do our part to protect against the prejudice out of control at times of crisis. Media must be vigilant as well, because. It has become common to affix photograph of Asians at the top of the story coronavirus, whether or not the article that the underlying nothing to do with Asian countries:

“In terms of the accuracy of the editorial, which means how close is not photography related to the content of the story, this picture [] is from a different location and was not associated with any element of the story, “he said. “As the editor of image, we need to apply what we know about the history of xenophobia and public health into our editorial decisions when it comes to the story of the coronavirus.”

But the president is not doing his part at all and did not seem to understand the gravity of his words. Instead, he risks making the situation worse.

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