"Thailand worked hard and fought back COVID-19 with public health.
Instead of seeing that, however, the NYTimes asked if it was something
in their blood. We’re talking about oriental blood magic, in 2020. I’m
Is there a genetic component in which the immune systems of Thais and
others in the Mekong River region are more resistant to the
coronavirus? Or is it some alchemy of all these factors that has
insulated this country of 70 million people? (NYT)
This is literal racism. Instead of looking what Thai people did, they’re
asking if it’s something in their veins. Because Thai people couldn’t
possibly just be competent, it must be alchemy. This sort of coverage is
awful, and it’s endemic. Recently the NYPost (dumpster fire) said:
Scientists can’t explain puzzling lack of coronavirus outbreaks in
Africa. Well no, they can, it’s bog standard public health. They have
excellent scientists in Africa, you know, if you would ever let them get
a visa for conferences.
This is just racism, and western coverage is almost all like this. They
attribute agency to rich/white nations like Germany or New Zealand but
luck to anyone poorer or dark. And it’s just not true. Poorer nations
have done better than the rich because they had robust public health
responses. Because they worked together. Because they reacted early.
These are all lessons worth learning, but the west is unable to learn
them because they’re simply too racist to see."
Via Muse, who wrote "Brilliant article!"
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