Letter to the editor: What to call it?

Posted 5/6/20

 

What to call the current pandemic is another flashpoint in the tiresome political correctness battles. The “China Virus,” the “Wuhan Virus,” the “Covid-19 …

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Letter to the editor: What to call it?

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What to call the current pandemic is another flashpoint in the tiresome political correctness battles. The “China Virus,” the “Wuhan Virus,” the “Covid-19 Virus,” the “Novel Coronavirus?” Seems the hullabaloo boils down to what’s politically correct and what’s not. But what’s “political correctness?” Really, all “political correctness” means is that you don’t insult people because of who or what they are — because of their race, color, religion, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and the like. Who decides what’s insulting? Society, by and large. Society, however, doesn’t always speak with one voice, thus the recent cacophony on your letters pages about what to call the virus. A couple of writers say it’s wrong to call the virus the China or Wuhan virus because that leaves innocent Chinese targets for anger and frustration. Others find this remonstration insulting and get rather hysterical, charging that political correctness is a form of corruption, even criminality, and infringes on their First Amendment rights. Look, political correctness is just good manners. If you want to insult people, you can. Neither the government nor media can stop you. But others don’t have to listen to it and are free to criticize you for it. If you’re intimidated by the criticism, that’s your problem. Free speech goes both ways. Frankly, I don’t really care what they call the virus, I just want it gone.
Peter F Munger,
Arvada

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