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Zaire ebolavirus: This terrible disease was named after the country in which it was first discovered, Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Wuhan coronavirus: This not-so-terrible disease was named after the city, Wuhan, China, in which the first outbreak was identified and from which the disease is believed to have spread.
Neither Zaire ebolavirus nor Wuhan coronavirus is a “racist” term, but there are a few ways in which the terms differ.
1. The government of Zaire made no effort to hide the virus that plagued their people. In contrast, the government of China destroyed evidence of the virus, imprisoned doctors who reported on the virus, suppressed information about the virus, limited travel within China while allowing travel abroad and denying that the virus could be spread by humans, and continues to this day to make up stories about the origin of the virus in an attempt to blame others (Italy, the US Army, etc.) for the virus.
2. There was never any political utility to calling out people who said Zaire ebolavirus. In contrast, it was useful to accuse President Trump of being a racist because he referred to the Wuhan coronavirus as having a Chinese origin — even though the press routinely called it “the Wuhan coronavirus” until that phrase became politically toxic.
3. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is pretty much a geopolitical “nothingburger,” as Hillary Clinton liked to say of whichever recent scandal she’d brought on herself. In contrast, China is a hugely powerful international money machine that gives a lot of cash to U.S. universities and, perhaps coincidentally, President Biden’s no good son Hunter.
I got accused of using “racist language” today when I called the Wuhan coronavirus the “Wuhan coronavirus.” That isn’t racist language. It’s only even controversial because the Chinese government is a vicious totalitarian monster that enslaves Muslim minorities, tortures and murders dissidents with impunity, engages in international theft and corruption on an almost unimaginable scale — and is perceived by soft-headed leftists as sufficiently “anti-Trump” to be worthy of honor and protection.Published in