It is clear that Michigan State officials do not agree with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The university has joined the mainstream media and other schools in determining acceptable terminology when alluding to the illness born in China everyone is talking about.
Apparently these rules will make “this process more manageable for all of us,” wrote Ray Gasser, the executive director of Residence Education and Housing Services, in an email to all MSU students, faculty, and staff.
It’s almost like we should call it Voldemort. “It which shall not be named.”
No, racism against the Chinese people is not right. This pandemic is not an excuse to have indiscriminate, racist thoughts. In spirit, I agree with Michigan State.
But that’s not what this is about. And everyone knows it.
This is about politics.
It’s about the elimination of truth to bury the facts over time, to bury the consequences Communist China should incur.
@michiganstateu it came from China. Chinese Coronavirus. No hate in this truth.
— Brian Stultz (@StultzBrian) April 7, 2020
According to the Morning Watch, the email informs them, no, determines for them, that there are only certain words they can use when referring to the virus. Those that made the VIP cut are “novel coronavirus (or ‘SARS CoV-2’) and…COVID-19.”
Staff, faculty, and students were also encouraged to sign MSU’s “Hate Has No Home Here” pledge.
“Use the correct term for the virus,” stated Gasser. “No other names are acceptable.”
Yes sir, Captain.
The instructions follow similar measures by the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California.
Of course, this all plays right into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, who has urged Americans to be selective with their words when referring to the virus.
Of course none of this propaganda changes the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China. No matter how much lipstick you slap on a pig, it’s still a pig.
Wait, I better be careful. People might think I’m calling Chinese people pigs.
The inanity–and insanity–in all of this can be staggering.
Just stop it, those of you out there playing this thought police game. If you only knew that such verbal gymnastics to bend around the obvious elephant in the room only serves to make people want to point out the elephant all the more, you really would stop. Facts are facts. Truth is truth. Discussing those facts and truth does not mean a person is spreading hate.
Writer Jeff LeJeune has an M.A. in English, is a high school and college instructor, and is a former college athlete. In addition to his writing work for The Hayride, he is a ghostwriter, editor, and novelist.