Medical Open Letter: Covid-19 is less of a Threat to Public Health than Racism

Coronavirus test. Medical worker in protective suite taking a swab for corona virus test, potentially infected young woman

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to a group of over 1000 health professionals, attending anti-racism protests is OK because systemic racism predated the Covid-19 outbreak.

Original source: Politico

There is evidence people with dark skin might have greater susceptibility to the severe form of Covid-19. In the UK the NHS at one stage considered pulling black and Asian front line staff from treating Covid-19, because so many medical staff with dark skin were dying.

One theory I have seen advanced is people with dark skin are more likely to suffer vitamin-D deficiency at higher latitudes. Vitamin-D is an important component of the body’s defence against coronaviruses. I take supplements, but I do not suggest anyone assume taking supplements will mitigate the risk. A lot of scientists dispute the vitamin-D theory. Nobody knows for sure what causes the apparent greater vulnerability.

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June 6, 2020 6:14 pm

“According to a group of over 1000 health professionals, attending anti-racism protests is OK because systemic racism predated the Covid-19 outbreak. People with dark skin might have greater susceptibility to the severe form of Covid-19”

MIGHT? It is ok to be an activist but not credible to be both an agent of unbiased scientific inquiry and an agent of activism for a cause related to that inquiry.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  chaamjamal
June 7, 2020 12:46 am

Is this 97% of health ‘professionals’.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
June 7, 2020 3:54 pm

Professionals of any description? How about “Taxpayer & Mother of Black Sons ” (That’s a ‘copy and paste’ from the list.)

And who the heck sets up an alphabetical list based on first names?

Ron Long
June 6, 2020 6:21 pm

Eric, if you keep on reading all of this nutty stuff from the Dark Side, you are at risk of ending up in the special Hotel with the awesome meds. Stay sane (please) and safe.

Steve Richards
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 6, 2020 11:35 pm

The meds make it taste better!

June 6, 2020 6:27 pm

4 Jun: Politico: Green groups pivot to back protests against police: ‘People see those deep connections’
The environmental movement has drawn millions of activists to marches calling for action on climate change or to stop pipeline projects, and many of the largest green groups, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund have issued statements supporting the protests that have erupted in dozens of cities and towns this week…
“Seeing massive health inequalities in the black community — that’s the same mass death we want to fight against with climate change, and we should be showing up for black lives,” said Mattias Lehman, the digital director for Sunrise Movement who got his start in the Black Lives Matter movement…

“I do think this could be a turning point for the environmental movement. But the question is whether they are taking the moment now to stop and do nothing but uplift black lives,” said Lauren Wiggins, an online content strategist at Greenpeace, who attended protests last Friday in Oakland, Calif.

Many of the most powerful green groups in Washington, D.C., are still assessing what kind of role they can play beyond issuing statements supporting the protesters and giving staff time to attend protests. The NRDC is “exploring ways for staff to increase all kinds of civic engagement activities,” spokesperson Jenny Powers said in an email…
“When I started the job at NPCA (National Parks Conservation Association) I came in knowing it was a predominantly white organization with white privilege,” said Martínez, the NPCA’s resource protection manager, who was among the dozens of protesters who took shelter overnight Monday in a Washington, D.C., home as police threatened them with arrest…

The Sierra Club has sent emails to its volunteers and members amplifying messages of black activists and organizations, including calls to donate to such causes. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace are working to expand their roles as conveners between environmental and social justice organizations.
Still, environmental activists who have participated in protests this week said they have seen a big difference in how law enforcement agencies have treated people calling out police violence than people who have taken the streets for climate change action…

3 Jun: Inside Climate News: As Protests Rage Over George Floyd’s Death, Climate Activists Embrace Racial Justice
Friends of the Earth tweeted #BlackLivesMatter, and the head of the NRDC promised “to be fully and visibly committed to the fight against systemic racism.”
Bronx Climate Justice North, another grassroots group, says on its website: “Without a focus on correcting injustice, work on climate change addresses only symptoms, and not root causes.”…
These community organizations in New York have been joined in protest by the nation’s most prominent climate change activist groups, including the Sierra Club,, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion…

26 Apr: Inside Climate News: Video: Covid-19 Drives Earth Day Anniversary Online, Inspiring Creative New Tactics For Climate Activists
From devices around the world, 2.75 million people tuned in to Earth Day Live—a three-day online event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
By Anna Belle Peevey

Steven Miller
June 6, 2020 6:34 pm

Is it possible not to wonder about the timing of this rioting? The shine was starting to fade from the Covid-19 spectacle and the Democrat leadership was left holding the bag for much of the economic damage that was being done. Attention has now been shifted to the old standby, racism… But will this actually be a winning strategy to get rid of President Trump?

Steve Case
Reply to  Steven Miller
June 6, 2020 7:00 pm

Steven Miller June 6, 2020 at 6:34 pm
Is it possible not to wonder about the timing of this rioting?

The riots were planned to occur as soon as the first incident happened. George Floyd died on Monday and by Friday there were riots in a dozen cities across the nation. That was no accident. Community organizers had it all ready to go.

Reply to  Steve Case
June 6, 2020 11:47 pm

Sad but true.
These protests were premeditated and just waiting to be initiated by any useful incident.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Steven Miller
June 6, 2020 7:46 pm

Definitely a coincidence that the riots start just after the police murdered an innocent man.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 6, 2020 9:02 pm

We’ll have to see what a jury says. Drugs, heart disease and actions by police all likely contributed. The choke hold appeared to be excessive and brutal on the video.

“Innocent man?” Forget this recent arrest, he was a convicted felon and multiple offender.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Scissor
June 6, 2020 10:20 pm

Do previous convictions really justify brutal and deadly treatment by the police? Or are they relevant at all to current case?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 6, 2020 11:50 pm

Deadly treatment by one cop who was supervising two rookie cops who objected to what their boss was doing. The question is why did the experienced fourth cop do nothing.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 7, 2020 7:55 am

Do previous convictions really justify brutal and deadly treatment . . .

Do previous heinous acts by one guilty police officer really justify brutal and deadly treatment by the people of innocent one’s?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 7, 2020 8:15 am

Love the way socialists move the goal posts whenever there logic errors are pointed out.

Prior convictions were probably not known to the officers at the time of the arrest, however they are clues to how the victim may have behaved during his encounter with the police.

Regardless, the police are allowed to use force when someone resists arrest. In this case they used too much force and for that they will face the courts.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 8, 2020 2:06 pm

Who said anything his treatment being “justified”?
He was picked up because a shop keeper said he passed counterfeit money.
He resisted when they tried to put him in the car.
He was restrained.
The rest was uncalled for and unjustified, just like the riots are uncalled for and unjustified.
(Did you know that some group was putting piles of bricks and rocks in areas where peaceful protest were scheduled to take place?)

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 6, 2020 9:03 pm

Is it also a coincidence that riots never start after an innocent police officer is murdered by the people?

Reply to  sycomputing
June 6, 2020 11:51 pm

You mean like what happened in Las Vegas?

Reply to  Walt
June 7, 2020 6:18 am

Well I’m not sure Walt. Was an innocent police officer killed by the people in Las Vegas and there wasn’t a riot?

If so, then yes, I mean like what happened in Las Vegas.

Reply to  Walt
June 7, 2020 6:22 am

I mean like what I just read happened in California overnight:

Reply to  sycomputing
June 7, 2020 7:35 am

I remember all the riots from the years of blacks killing people playing the knock out game

…blacks are just as racist

Reply to  sycomputing
June 7, 2020 8:16 am

I’ve never seen a riot after police officers kill a white person either.

t port
Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 6, 2020 9:50 pm

Except murder has not yet been proved. He actually died of heart failure relating to apparent misuse of Fentanyl and cocaine. The fact the officer held him to prevent his turning onto his back is consistent with the recommended first aid for such persons so they don’t aspirate their vomit. The use of the knee may have been justifiable due to the corona virus-9 threat. So, best to let the legal process play itself out before we apply terms such as “murder”.

Reply to  t port
June 7, 2020 2:11 am

Those people have to been put on their side, as you may learn in first aid lessons.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 7, 2020 8:13 am

He wasn’t an innocent man.
What is it with socialists and their desire to sanctify any victim that they identify with?

Paul Penrose
Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 10:55 am

He was a career criminal with multiple felonies on his record – one for pointing a pistol at the belly of a pregnant woman while his accomplices ransacked her home looking for valuables. He was not a nice guy and the fact that he was trying to get someone to accept a phony $20 bill (that he had been told was fake, and probably knew it was) makes me think he hadn’t changed since getting out of prison. Making him out to be some sort of martyr or icon of the “black community” makes no sense to me. What about David Dorn? Or doesn’t his black life matter?

All that being said, Floyd did not deserve to die in the street like that. Even taking CoVid-19 into account, I don’t believe there is ever justification for putting a knee into the neck of a handcuffed suspect. There are other ways to subdue an unruly person in that situation that has a much lower risk of injury. Plus there were four officers and only one suspect – don’t tell me that desperate, dangerous measures were required to subdue one handcuffed man. At the minimum, they showed reckless disregard for the safety of George Floyd for which Manslaughter charges would be appropriate. I’m not sure they will be able to convict on 2nd Degree Murder charges, but since Minnesota does not have the death penalty, the mob won’t be satisfied no matter what they are convicted of.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Paul Penrose
June 7, 2020 12:45 pm

Well, let’s put it this way: if he had pointed his pistol at the belly of my wife when she was pregnant while his gangbanger brothers ransacked our home, how do you suppose I would react if I could get my hands on a weapon – even after the fact if I saw him in the street?

AFAIC his death was entirely justified, full stop. I don’t care how much melanin is in a career predator’s epidermis, and anyone who plays that card is complicit in the violence committed by such people, like the swine demanding an apology from Toronto’s mayor mentioned in another post.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Paul Penrose
June 8, 2020 5:39 am

I strongly disagree that George Floyd’s death was justified. Arrest, yes. Jail time for passing counterfeit money, probably. But not death. He had the right to due process, not summary execution. We are a nation of laws, and those laws must be applied fairly and equally. Otherwise the anarchists and haters win. We mustn’t let our fears, grief, and anger dictate our actions and decisions, especially in matters of law and law enforcement.

Eustace Cranch
June 6, 2020 6:34 pm

By that reasoning, they’re implying that racism has killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S. in the last 6 months.

These people are delusional.

Reply to  Eustace Cranch
June 7, 2020 4:32 am

they really are
we had claims that SARS had previously harmed aboriginals badly and demands for mega millions for their use supposedly for healthcare
well they get far more than isolated taxpaying rural white communities ever did/do. already
Its a bit much to be dissed for white privelledege then demands(not requests) for even more, while our own go without a range of services people just 300miles away access daily.
their health issues like liver failure kidney failure is usually from alcoholism, ditto diabetes
and we get blamed for that too.
nothing they do is their fault?
about time they took responsibility
re floyd repeat offender and hed commited yet anothr crime to BE where he was
hes no martyr in any way shape of form
those making him one are deluded and just using him to further their own agenda

Andrew Burnette
June 6, 2020 6:42 pm

Wait… Did I just read them saying that “protests against stay-home orders” are “rooted in white nationalism”?

Reply to  Andrew Burnette
June 6, 2020 9:19 pm

“White nationalism” is the new “racist.” Another meaningless term to attack anyone who opposes them.

June 6, 2020 6:42 pm

We got tested a month ago with that intrusive swab… and wondered as the technician reached into the car window: What if we catch the virus from the swab? So far so good.

How is your wife doing? Miss her on Twitter.

Reply to  UV Meter
June 7, 2020 1:39 am

the testing with swabs consistently fails to reach targets set in the UK. It seems a highly unpleasant sort of test which I guess most people would avoid unless they were convinced they had CV.

June 6, 2020 7:01 pm

re. racism

Among my friends, family, and former colleagues, I count many non-white folks, 40 to 50% depending on how you count. A bunch are members of the 1%. I would guess that all of them, at one time or another, have been victims of racism. With all things considered though, on balance, they live better than 99% of the rest of the population. It’s hard to say that they are victims of a racist society.

BTW, if you’re feeling guilty about your white privilege, take a visit to Japan and half way pay attention. You will find something to complain about. The SJWs insist that white folks can’t be victims of racism. They can only do that by redefining the word and insisting that logic is a tool of the patriarchy.

Mind you, if you say something like the above, it could cost you your job. Just ask Stockwell Day. The SJWs who have taken over our institutions make the Victorians seem open minded and tolerant.

No one.
Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2020 7:27 pm

A First Nations Reserve (is that the correct terminology) in our area had some problems in their local school, and for a number of years their high school students were bused to our local school. After a number of years they supposedly made improvements and that ended. One of the last year graduating students was quite upset about the change, although it didn’t directly affect her. Her claim was attending a non-local school not only opened the world to her, it also helped her get past the racism she was taught in her home community in an attempt to keep the young adults from leaving the reserve.

That wouldn’t have been everyone’s attitude I know. Many people wanted the best for their children, but every technique is fair game in some people’s politics.

Reply to  commieBob
June 6, 2020 7:50 pm

Pretty much everyone has been the victim of racism at some point in their life, regardless of their skin color.

For the vast, vast majority of people, how they live now is the result of the choices they made during their lives.
When in school, did they pay attention in class and study when they got home?
When they got a job, did they show up everyday on time? Did they give their employer 7 to 8 hours of solid work every day?

Do these things, and you are pretty much guaranteed a middle class lifestyle.
If you managed to win life’s lottery and had a brain that’s better than average, then doing these things will result in an upper middle class or better lifestyle.

For those who are poor, unless you have a mental or physical handicap, the only person you can blame is yourself.

Jim Veenbaas
Reply to  MarkW
June 6, 2020 10:09 pm

I have absolutely no use for SJW. However, I’m self aware enough to realize that as a white man I’ve never been the victim of racism. And as much as you say everyone has a choice in life, growing up on a reserve or the south side of Chicago gives these people a huge disadvantage in life. It’s a little more challenging and complicated than you make it out to be.

Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 12:36 am

Ask Gypsies in Europe…

Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 2:08 am

What about the Jenish in Swizzerland ?
Racism up into 20th century.

Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 4:10 am

If you’ve never seen racism directed towards you then you need to go spend some time in the hood.

Reply to  icisil
June 7, 2020 5:25 am

My intention was to show, that even white/white racism exists, and it isn’t not over now.

Pat Frank
Reply to  icisil
June 7, 2020 8:28 am

Are Gypsies racist, Krishna? Or the Jenish?

My perception has been that racist oppression, when it occurs, is the province of the dominant ethnic group. If/When some previously oppressed ethnic group comes to power, they oppress in turn.

Every ethnic group has historically been the same in this regard. Perhaps except the Jews.

In the US, I’ve watched the manufacture of white supremacy, micro aggression, and racial strife out of nothing. The race problem had been solved here. It took 50 years of assiduous effort. But it succeeded. All that was left was individual moping up.

The real problem, though, has been Progressives. They have deliberately and cynically manufactured this crisis. They have lied about police brutality and racist cops. Every incident is inflamed for their advantage.

It’s been 30 years in the making. Ever since the overwhelmingly progressive academic sociologists invented the critical theory framework for indoctrinating the young. It’s been applied assiduously, now, to two generations of children. The result is what we see today.

The antifa are waiting in the wings, frantic to take their part as mass murderers. They are of the same stripe as the cadres of the Soviet Union who went into villages and murdered the kulaks. They can’t wait for it.

Reply to  icisil
June 7, 2020 9:52 am

Are Gypsies racist, Krishna? Or the Jenish?
No, but they suffer, they are the victims, seems you misunderstud me, or I was not clear in my expression.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 4:57 am

If you’ve never been the victim of racism then you’ve lived a sheltered life. I lived for a while in a Cuban area of South Florida. I struggled to get served in many businesses, from a hardware store to a gas station. I was told in downtown Kansas City by a bartender that “this is a black bar and we don’t serve your kind”. Seen similar treatment from Texas to California.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
June 7, 2020 10:24 am

In earlier times, even the Indian people living in South Africa felt as the “better blacks”, as Gandhi formulated-it.
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Reply to  Tim Gorman
June 7, 2020 11:25 am

Exactly. I learned about racism when some of the local kids shouted ‘Bhoora moo ka bundar’ (pale faced monkey). My brothers and I shouted back ‘Black faced monkeys’. Their parents complained to my parents and we were severely punished. (never played with those kids again).

Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 6:54 am

I rember to have seen an interview with a musician of the Gipsy Kings *) while touring in the USA.
For him, it was “a completely new impression to have the Police (escorting the bus) in front of us instead of behind us.”

*) Gipsy musicians from southern France, Arles and Montpellier.

Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
June 7, 2020 8:20 am

Everybody faces challenges in their lives. It’s their choice as to whether they will wallow in self pity or do something about it.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 10:08 am

But you know, that there are limits, beginning with the coice of the school and the offers of school around where you live. Your parents, your family is there in question, their way of life, all.
Mostly, people is not able to jump over it’s shadow.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 11:33 am

You can learn, even in bad schools and the schools were never as bad as the race mongers made them out to be.
Yes, the schools didn’t have the latest equipment and the buildings themselves were old, but that doesn’t prevent those who want to learn from learning.
If your parents teach you that learning isn’t important, than that’s the fault of your parents, not society.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 5:35 am

Most you are affected by your surrounding, your environment, within you may have the tiny chance to have a certain choice.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 7, 2020 11:34 am

I get the feeling that you actually believe that a child’s environment is pretty much 100% determinant regarding how that child will turn out.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 1:06 pm

Not for all, but for a lot.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 3:58 pm

Only for those who choose to let their environment define them.

Reply to  MarkW
June 8, 2020 5:49 am

There must be at least a certain potential or capability, if not, not their choice, what ever you believe.

Reply to  MarkW
June 7, 2020 8:19 am

I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve lost jobs because the employer needed to hire a minority to fill their quotas.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  commieBob
June 7, 2020 12:50 am

The Victorians were open minded and tolerant.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  commieBob
June 7, 2020 11:05 am

If you really want to find out about racism, you need to talk to someone who has immigrated from places like Haiti. I worked with someone from there, and when I asked him (sarcastically) why he, a black man, came to such a racist country like the US. He laughed at me. He said the US was the least racist place he had ever visited. He went on to tell me about the “paper bag test”, which is still being used in Haiti (and many African nations) as a way to elevate a few and suppress the majority on the basis of skin color. I haven’t talked to him recently, but I’m sure he would laugh at the idea of “systemic racism” (whatever that really means) in the US and shake his head in disgust at the current riots and looting going on it our cities. “I don’t know what they are thinking.” He’d probably say. “Idiots.”

June 6, 2020 7:30 pm

BLM protesters in Philadelphia? Immune to COVID-1984.
People who just want to go to work again? Murderous thugs who want to kill granny.


June 6, 2020 8:09 pm

Pathogen or social contagion… diversity (i.e. color judgments), including racism, is a clear and progressive threat. #HateLovesAbortion

June 6, 2020 8:33 pm

We’re going through one of our occasional bouts of insanity here in the USA. They blow in like a Spring thunderstorm. Think the lockdowns may have added some pent up energy to this one. The malevolent, the plain old nasty, the profoundly stupid, and the criminal have risen up to express their deep frustrations. It’s understandable. If I had lead in my head I’d feel the same way.

The US is about freedom. Sometimes that means the freedom to be a useless piece of….

Reply to  troe
June 7, 2020 5:00 am

Well we will be having an election in the US…leftist groups need to get the message out that the Trump is worse than the devil. In some cases, he is the white devil.

June 6, 2020 8:44 pm

“White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19. Black
people are twice as likely to be killed by police compared to white people, but the effects of racism are far more pervasive”. Complete B.S. This demonstratively false narrative, is so widely echoed by the media and others, it’s now “common knowledge”. See:

Tim Gorman
Reply to  eck
June 7, 2020 5:07 am

Thank you for the truth. I have never seen Heather McDonald being interviewed on CNN or MSDNC. Once again the left lies by omission. When will the fake news stop?

June 6, 2020 8:58 pm

looters lives matter.

Reply to  Alex
June 7, 2020 1:47 am

A couple of young men carrying guns wounded two young girls in a Toronto park. Toronto was in the middle of a spate of gun violence and Mayor John Tory vowed to root out the gun-toting thugs and sewer-rats. For this, he was called racist. link

Tim Gorman
Reply to  commieBob
June 7, 2020 5:12 am

Since when did “gun-toting thugs and sewer-rats” describe solely minorities? I consider this a Freudian slip by those calling the Mayor a racist. That means the ones calling racist either *know* that most gun-toting thugs and sewer-rats *are* minorities or that they just *assume* that they are. That says *far* more about their psychology than it does about the mayor.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
June 7, 2020 11:37 am

As a young African American woman once told me, all whites are racists. You just have to keep digging until you find the evidence.
And for some reason, she always managed to find the evidence that she was looking for.

John Robertson
June 6, 2020 9:13 pm

Pretty gutless 1000,why don’t they just come out and say it;”The cure for Covid 2 is violent protest and Riot”.
Any fool can see that.
Otherwise our precious leaders could not possibly be insisting we working folk stay at home,while blessing mass congregations of very excited people…
The Wuhan Flu pandemic is over.
Otherwise these paragons of public virtue and health,could not be explaining to us lesser being as to why up is down,black is white and that mass demonstrating is “Flattening the curve”.

Educated into idiocy might be a polite explanation of these signatories..or maybe,like the “petition to ban DiHydrogen MonOxide,they just are too smart to read it..

If there are no mass outbreaks of Wuhan Flu,within the next week,I think we must conclude the Pandemic is now a real plandemic.

We let over anxious bureaucrats and frightened politicians impose a “prevention” worse than the original evil.

J Mac
June 6, 2020 9:24 pm

White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.
That is the singularly most stupid and racist statement I have ever read.

Ed Zuiderwijkp
Reply to  J Mac
June 7, 2020 2:48 am

The solution must be Apartheid. Caucasian medical personnel treating whites only. And similar for those who consider themselves ‘non-whites’. Could be an interesting experiment. Oh, wait……

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijkp
June 7, 2020 4:42 am

areas that removedi t dont seem to have done all that well have they?

Reply to  J Mac
June 7, 2020 4:40 am

but it sounds good and important(to them anyway)
facts dont matter
actually isnt CC suppposed to be the biggest risk to mankind evah?
gee its getting crowded at the top “worst evah” claims dept…

Richard (the cynical one)
June 6, 2020 10:07 pm

While working in Southern Africa, the most vicious and hate-driven racism I saw was intertribal black on black, surpassing even the tensions between blacks and their Afrikaaner overlords pre-Botha. What is ingested along with your mother’s milk becomes who you are.

Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
June 7, 2020 4:45 am

our peaceloving “long grassers” in NT just got cleared to go to Alice Springs etc to shop visit etc
first day?
1 b on b death various theft drunk and disorderlies and that was in less than 24hrs.

John V. Wright
June 6, 2020 11:25 pm

Final, definitive proof that there really is no cure for stupid.

David Guy-Johnson
June 7, 2020 12:13 am

So as virtually every human activity pre dates Covid19, then they’re saying we should be allowed to do anything we like despite the lockdown.

June 7, 2020 1:33 am

List is dominated by university students.

June 7, 2020 1:50 am

The Struggle (trade mark pending) has been reanimated by a new crop of useful idiots.

Bruce Cobb
June 7, 2020 4:24 am

“In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”
Weapons-grade idiocy as well as virtue-signaling and cognitive dissonance on full display. SJWs will be SJWs. They can’t help being morons I suppose.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 8, 2020 7:08 pm

The Mayor and Council of this city seem to have bought it.

And as your mayor, it’s my job to lead us to solutions.
Racism is real.
Discrimination is real.
I shared my plans to confront racism where it exists, and my plans to address it.
Since then, we’ve declared racism a public health crisis, and set bold goals to improve health outcomes, and create opportunities for communities of color.

Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin

To declare racism as a public health crisis in the City of Columbus and to recommit our full attention to improving the quality of life and health of our minority residents. Columbus is committed to honestly and directly addressing minority health inequities, including a systematic, data-driven focus on poverty, economic mobility, and other factors that impact the social determinants of health. Minorities are impacted more greatly by challenges and inequities in many areas, including but not limited to Crime, Social Capital, Education, Transportation, Employment, Food Access, Health Behaviors, Socioeconomic Status, Environmental Exposure, Access to Health Services, Housing, and Public Safety.

June 7, 2020 4:55 am

NPC Daily had an article «Six reasons why it’s ok to peacefully riot in the streets but not ok to protest the lockdowns».

COVID-19 unfairly targets people of color
In yet another spurt of white privilege, coronavirus doesn’t affect white people nearly as much as it does black people. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is a tool of positive change against COVID-19.

How do you paint a caricature of walking caricatures?

Doug Huffman
June 7, 2020 5:10 am

Racism is empty virtue signaling. Now culturism, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame.

Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future by John Kenneth Press, 2007


Tom Johnson
June 7, 2020 5:25 am

I deep respect for health professionals. As someone diagnosed with cancer, I trust my life to some. Health professionals are highly educated in their profession. Some, if not most, specialties require decades of training in order to become competent. Many of the facts they are required to know and understand must be rigorously memorized. All of this takes time, lots of it.

That said, and because of this extensive training, few of these have the privilege of advanced knowledge outside of their field of expertise. I have little trust for opinions that fall in this regime. I have even less trust in anyone requiring a mob of thousands to declare their opinions. In fact, if my cancer doctors were on that list, I would change doctors.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Tom Johnson
June 7, 2020 7:48 am

Yes. No difference between that kind of existent “knowledge” and that displayed by celebrities like Leo DiCpario or Harrison Ford. It’s agenda- and bias-driven nonsense.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Tiger Bee Fly
June 7, 2020 8:12 am

^ NONexistent.

June 7, 2020 5:41 am

I hope this time Mickey Mouse is not in the list.

June 7, 2020 5:46 am

I am very interested in the outcome of the current situation. Protesters are ignoring social distancing guidelines, and in many cases, not wearing masks. If covid-19 doesn’t spread like wildfire in the coming weeks, the scientists who came up with these guidelines are full of hot air. If everyone does start getting ill, the protesters are to blame for spreading the virus. As for me, I’d like to live in peace for the rest of my life.

Jeffery P
June 7, 2020 6:24 am

The American left and other radicals will never let a crisis go to waste.

The extended lockdowns are designed to help bring down Trump. These riots are planned to help bring down Trump. The left, the media, the academics and many democrat leaders would gladly trade anarchy, mass destruction, deaths and an economic depression to get back into power. Their plan is to implement the California model and remove the checks-and-balances that would let anyone challenge their hegemony.

After all, if you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs (Stalin) is still true.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Jeffery P
June 7, 2020 7:44 am

Yes, yes, and yes again. Nailed it (pardon the male-violent imagery /sarc).

Kevin kilty
June 7, 2020 6:39 am

I don’t quarrel with quite a bit of the underlying message, but it should apply to all protestors — not just those griding a SJW axe. I looked through the list and I note the majority are MPH (That’s not miles per hour, but much slower Masters of Public Health) or they are students. Not an impressive list of signatories.

I had never though about public health officials much before this mess, but lately I have begun wondering why I have found whatever they say to be so universally goofy “groupthink”; and I now theorize that they suffer from the same issues as do “science journalists”. They are wanabees who have taken a relatively less steep path to someplace. In doing so they imbibed lots of doctrine and dogma without consuming much wisdom or understanding. These strange interdisciplinary degrees that are basically a professional management curriculum are often like this.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Kevin kilty
June 7, 2020 8:18 am

I loathe “spokesperson speak”, they all use the same phrases and words and don’t sound like humans.
Where do they get this training?

Robert of Ottawa
June 7, 2020 7:28 am

So the left want the demonstrations so need to rationalize why it’s OK to ignore their previous advice of “social distanceing”.

Sick. Just get politics out of the scientific endevour.

Tiger Bee Fly
June 7, 2020 7:38 am

“Jaw-dropping idiocy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.”

There, fixed it for ya.

The Dark Lord
June 7, 2020 8:08 am

I think they are right …
risk from Covid = .01 %
risk from racism = .010001%

Just Jenn
June 7, 2020 8:24 am

Why do I think Kumbaya was playing in the background while writing most of this letter?

In all honesty, I think this letter was to diffuse the “masks as a way to obscure people’s identity”….although I haven’t seen that used before.

June 7, 2020 8:36 am

Of course, the greatest racism is that provided by a large segmentof the Black population, who are bound and determined to show that Blacks are victims of White. Let’s look at reality : the number of Black criminalls killed by White cops is a totally insignificant number as compared to the number of Blacks murdered by other Blacks in our cities. Claiming that Whites are the thing Blacks should fear is a gigantice anti-White racist claim that only can be believed by those who spread this huge lie. Black Lives Matter don’t give a damn nor do anything about the tens of thousands of Blacks murdfered yearly by their fellow Blacks. Heavens, that might lead people to realize that the gigantic fear experienced by Blacks living in those city areas are from other Blacks. They wany police patrols, the more the better.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  ColMosby
June 7, 2020 9:25 am

…Not to mention staggeringly insignificant compared to the number of white people murdered and assaulted by black people:

Oh, but let’s not talk about that – might impede the glorious Peoples’ Revolution. After all, “a lie told often enough becomes the truth.” And another of my favorites:

“The United States should get rid of its militias.”
– Joseph Stalin.

June 7, 2020 9:43 am

The entire first paragraph of the “open letter” is a master work of unintelligent conflation of two different instances of protesting that then gets grafted into a master work of sophistry rendering George Floyd protestors in the second instance as somehow immune from the same laws as white protestors in the first instance.

The second paragraph of the “open letter” continues the woefully unintelligent conflation of the first paragraph, further sophistically fabricating white supremacy (a social issue) into “a lethal public health issue”, tenuously and clumsily linked to COVID-19 (a true health issue in the non-metaphorical sense).

The second paragraph alludes to statistics deceptively presented without full exposure of the actual numbers that reveal the truth of the deception. How are the various health disparities figured? — I’m supposing that they are based on small population numbers of blacks compared to whites, and this is okay here, but NOT okay when figuring crime statistics,which suggests a grossly inadequate double standard for figuring relevant numbers. The fact is the statistic about blacks being twice as likely to be killed by police is wrong (it should be the other way around).

There are more white people to kill, and so it sort of figures that more white people than blacks would be killed. But wait, why, then, are crime statistics so high for blacks, even though this is a minority? Fewer blacks than whites would seem to suggest that fewer crimes by blacks would happen, since there are so many more white people than black people to commit crimes. But no, this is not the case — more crimes overall are committed by black people, even though this is a minority!

These are just a few of the outlandish flaws in the second paragraph, which is riddled even further with other fatally irrational statements, to the point of being utterly absurd.

The rest of the letter is so abhorrently twisted and deceitful that I cannot bring myself to study it another second. Suffice to say that head shaking does NOT do it justice.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
June 7, 2020 11:42 am

“But wait, why, then, are crime statistics so high for blacks, even though this is a minority?”

I have been informed by various liberals that the reason for this disparity is because racist cops have been framing blacks. Black cops are just lap dogs trying to curry favor with the white cops so that they can get better raises.

June 7, 2020 10:29 am

They also announced the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Cinderella would arrive soon and save us from all the really bad things in the world.

June 7, 2020 12:01 pm

According to Johns Hopkins, medical errors kill between 250,000 to 440,000 Americans per year. Physician health thyself before you put out such stupid public statements as you did.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Joey
June 7, 2020 12:58 pm

Yes. Rule Six from Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life:

“Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.”

Probably the most antithetical to the leftist mindset; no wonder they hate him.

John Sandhofner
June 7, 2020 1:21 pm

“Medical Open Letter: Covid-19 is less of a Threat to Public Health than Racism” And the only real public health threat from racism is the on going riots, defunding police departments, everyone required to bow down to the call of any BLM advocate. The threat is a loss of our collective sanity as we openingly allow absurd left leaning mandates destroy our freedoms and liberties with no questions asked. Where have our western cultural values gone? Why so quickly can this happen? Why is it so easy to accomplish?

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  John Sandhofner
June 7, 2020 1:54 pm

Yuri Bezmenov told us in 1983: demoralization and ideological subversion:

“The demoralization process in [the] United States is basically completed already. For the last 25 years… actually, it’s over-fulfilled because demoralization now reaches such areas where previously not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even dream of such a tremendous success. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans, thanks to [a] lack of moral standards.”

William Astley
June 7, 2020 1:47 pm

Odd the Fake News only cares about isolation covid deaths.

Covid Deaths the are going to result from attendence of purposeless protests Against … very long list.

Or is it really Against Racism, or is it against the Orange President/Against Police Forces/A chance to burn and steal/ /Mobs of people who are shooting political stuff for the Democrats.

Racism: One death and dangerous, inappropriate action of a police officer in Philly.

Left Wing Purposeless Tear Down the Country Protests (How many cities? All Democrat.)
How many covid deaths?

100,000s of people without masks shouting and spraying spit….
You know… a rip roaring protest. All the fun.

Nolte: Dr. Fauci Is Either a Liar or a Fraud

June 7, 2020 6:30 pm

From the list of names: Dr. Sheldon Francis, Delaware Veterans Cemetery
Suspected gunman at above cemetery who killed an elderly white couple:
The letter is probably fake.

D Cage
June 7, 2020 9:40 pm

Speaking a a mixed race person who grew up in the 1950s having to accept even teachers referring to me a mongrel as my British soldier father in India married an Anglo Indian, I can tell you that racism in the UK is now virtually dead. Except perhaps for the sort of inverse racism that finds a white person guilty of it even when the video shows he is about 99% certainly not guilty as in the case of the US police officer. As an oldie I worked with those who fought in WW2 and one was a commando whose speciality was taking out sentries. I remember him explaining in a similar case how a photo claiming to show a policeman guilty is a near identical situation proved he was innocent. His knee was too far one way to cut the blood flow at the artery in the neck and much too far to affect breathing. A controlled test could safely prove it in minutes. He and his partner colleague on his assault team demonstrated his point were called as witnesses for the defence and the case dropped.

Reply to  D Cage
June 8, 2020 9:05 am

You are making sense. I suspected as much just from looking at the pictures. But wait till the toxicology report comes out. It will likely show massive alcohol poisoning superimposed on fentanyl abuse. A fairly reliable way of ending it all according to what I have read.

This is all about a very hurtful, especially to African-Americans, image of a white man’s knee on a black man who eventually expires.

Jeremiah Puckett
June 8, 2020 7:03 am

Why are we assuming race had anything to do with the cop’s actions? He was a bad cop. Now, the easiest way for a black man to avoid ANY police encounter is to NOT COMMIT CRIME. Stop dealing drugs. Stop killing each other. Stop stealing. And if you are caught, STOP RESISTING. When I was a child, three black men stole my bike from under me. The only time I have had a knife pulled on me was by a black man. The only time my house was broken into was by a black man. And yet, I’m not a racist. I’m a realist and believe the statistics point to the problem. Stay in school! 70+% dropout rate is a problem, and isn’t “systemic” racism. Don’t get your girl pregnant then run away. Be a man!!! You want to complain that good teachers don’t want to work at inner city schools? Stop beating on the teachers. Stop the drugs and fights in the school hallways. I wouldn’t want to work there for a million dollars. The actions of our inner city people are the problem, not a handful of black cops around the country. The problem will never be solved if people aren’t honest about it.

Roger welsh
June 8, 2020 11:04 am

Just a thought. Dictionary’s ( not wickapaedia) would and do argue that there is no such thing as racism.
On this Earth, there is only the human race. Therefore, to accuse anyone of racism is to affirm that they and their subject are belonging to the human race!

Legally, therefore, how can any court of justice ascribe blame and penalty for such statements?

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