Docs and nurses get 'woke' on spreading COVID-19

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

BLM protest in NYC June 2020Confronting a rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide, more than a thousand health care professionals have signed a letter defending racial protests in the streets but calling those who protested empty churches and shuttered businesses minority-hating racists.

All totaled, the names of 1,288 people described as “public health professionals, infectious disease professionals, and community stakeholders” are listed below the two-page document that was posted online.

The “open” letter states that protests denouncing police brutality are “vital to national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States."

Elsewhere in the letter, its authors describe their view of the crowds who have marched to oppose shut-down orders:

George Floyd protestThis should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders. Those actions not only oppose public health interventions, but are also rooted in white nationalism and run contrary to respect for Black lives.

That defense and denunciation comes after the American public watched mayors and governors lecture them about staying home or risk killing their grandmother only to witness protesters fill the streets in America’s biggest cities and enjoy the vocal support from those same public officials. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook were filled with memes showing shoulder-to-shoulder demonstrators and asking sarcastically if the mandatory shutdowns were officially over.

Citing the letter’s own words, Katherine Johnson of Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow the letter suggests Antifa and Black Lives Matter marchers are heroes but the racist villains were demanding governors and mayors re-open Main Street and lift orders that closed the church doors.

“I really think it's dangerous to just assume anybody that wants to stand up for their constitutional liberties, such as going to church,” Johnson says, “is somebody who just doesn't care about any other race or is a white supremacist.”

Michigan protestAfter the mandatory shutdowns were announced and enforced across the country, one of the most well-publicized incidents occurred in Greenville, Mississippi, where black pastor Charles Hamilton filmed police officers shutting down a drive-in service at King James Bible Church.

Dr. Abby Hussein, an infectious disease expert who signed the letter, told CBC Radio that protesting is a “life or death matter” for blacks protesting police brutality. She also blamed “systems of oppression” in the U.S., such as unsafe working conditions and a lack of healthy food, for making black protesters less safe in the streets.

“All of this stems from racism and white supremacy,” she said. “Therefore, it’s just as lethal as any disease that you’re going to get.”

Johnson, meanwhile, questions why doctors and nurses are ignoring both constitutional rights and months of medical advice about social distancing to avoid the contagious virus.

“They think that we're dealing with a virus that knows exactly what people are protesting and only attacks based on that,” she observes, “and I just find that baffling.” 

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