Well, this article in The Verge is so full of nonsense, it’s difficult to figure out where to start. So let’s just start at the beginning…
“The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame… But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. “Is he a citizen?” reporters repeatedly asked. “Is he one of us?” they meant.”
Oh, it seems that’s not a valid question. Who the hell do these reporters thing they are?! Asking questions!
“The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia.”
Well, yes, why wouldn’t it? Given that Ebola is a terrifying disease carried around by people from West Africa, why the hell shouldn’t we be xenophobic about it. It is Africans who are carrying the disease after all. Does this guy want us to treat those likely to have Ebola and those unlikely to have it in exactly the same manner? Hey, we’re going to have to stick this guy from Liberia in quarantine, but for fairness sake, let’s stick this other guy from Iceland in there as well.
“The disease rages in West Africa, and has therefore largely infected people of color. But somehow Americans were among the first to get a dose of Zmapp — the experimental anti-Ebola drug — this summer, despite the fact that Africans have been dying from the current Ebola epidemic since its emergence in Guinea in December.”
Yes, shockingly, the ‘experimental anti-Ebola’ drug was first used in North America. North America is also where the experiments were done; where the drug was developed. Meanwhile, West Africa surely has its own drug – thrown together by a witch-doctor, probably – and West Africans were the first to use it. That’s fair.
African Science: working on a cure
“The difference in treatment for US patients and African patients is stark, beyond the use of experimental drugs. Some Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa don’t have access to fuel to power ambulances, and many health workers lack the protective gear to stave off infection.”
Yes, you know why they don’t have access to fuel to power ambulances or protective gear? Because they have no clue about sustaining the type of society where ambulance fuel and protective gear is available. Also, even if the protective gear were available many wouldn’t bother with it anyway due to disbelief in the germ theory of disease and belief, instead, in the Curse theory of disease.
“Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.”
The bastards! How dare they!
“Yesterday, The Raw Story wrote about how immigrants living in the same neighborhood as Duncan’s family…The color of their skin and their accents makes them a target, even though they never came into contact with Duncan, and therefore pose zero risk. It doesn’t matter: they’re dark-skinned and foreign. They’re in Dallas. They might be infectious.”
Better safe than sorry. But I guess what we should do is start exchanging bodily fluids with any African we come across to prove our anti-racist bona-fides. Ebola and Aids and what-the-hell-else-they-have be damned.
“Now, an ugly new hashtag has emerged: #Obola”
Which is worse: EBOLA, the disease; or OBOLA, the dream from his father?(with illustration) https://t.co/zsWqu4KuqR
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 6, 2014
Oh no… a hashtag!
“America: your xenophobia is showing. Many have lost sight that the only way to become infected with Ebola is by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of someone who’s showing symptoms.”
I don’t know what’s so bad about xenophobia. Or trusting the in-group over the out-group, that’s human nature and has worked pretty well in the past especially in preventing crappy African diseases from showing up in civilised countries. I suppose in the utopia envisioned by theverge.com people without Ebola just hang-out, happily, with people who have Ebola in the knowledge that, unless they kiss (or something), they’ll be fine. Sounds like a pretty dodgy utopia to me.
“Instead, there are calls for larger quarantines in Dallas — or a continent-wide one in Africa — which would only lead to more infections, and a greater sense of panic.”
That continent-wide quarantine sounds like a pretty good idea. We’d also end up with fewer Jihadists popping up in London.
“Had we acted sooner, had we prevented the WHO’s budget from being cut, we probably wouldn’t be dealing with such large numbers of infected people now… We should be asking why the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa happened in Spain, a country that recently experienced public health cuts.”
Oh! Now I understand! The Ebola breakout is because of public health cuts! It’s nothing to do with Africans eating bushmeat, or hacking at each other with machetes, living in unsanitary conditions, drinking witch-doctor concoctions, disbelieving in germs and then paddling to the nearest first-world country on an overcrowded raft. No, it’s public health cuts that did it. More socialism is the cure for every disease! How silly we were to believe otherwise.
“When people spend more energy on dehumanizing individuals in Dallas than on urging politicians to help the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone, we all lose out.”
He presumably means the politicians in Liberia and Sierra Leone, known for their competence and good sense.