Michigan AG Suggests Racism Is Responsible For Virus Deaths Of Black People
Lansing, MI – The Michigan attorney general posted a pair of racially-charged tweets on Tuesday that have set off a firestorm of criticism in her state.
“The high rates of infection and death within our African-American population from #COVIDー19 is staggering and horrific,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted on April 7. “It further establishes how AA’s are treated like garbage when it comes to equal opportunity and access to health care, housing, education and employment.”
“Every one of us who serves in government must double-down on our commitment to do right by the African-American communities in our state and across our nation. Failing to do so is a complete abdication of our obligation as office holders,” Nessel added.
Moments later the attorney general posted another tweet that was intended to shame the white residents of Michigan.
“I just can’t hear about one more black health care worker, police officer or bus driver die while getting a barrage of complaints from white folks outraged because they can’t go golfing,” the attorney general tweeted.
Many in Michigan clapped back against the outrageous statements by Nessel, and pointed out that the infection rates to which she was referring were in Detroit, not the rest of the state.
“Shouldn’t this say ‘within the Detroit metropolitan area...’? Since it’s not a race issue, it’s just a location with a high infection rate...,” @shoff29 replied to the attorney general.
Numerous people responded with pictures of groups of African Americans standing in groups socializing, allegedly after the lockdown for the pandemic was ordered, and pointed out that a population’s adherence to the self-isolation and social distancing guidelines were likely a factor, if Nessel was right about the problem.
Still other people encouraged the attorney general to do something about it if her allegations were true.
“Please give us specific examples of what #healthcare facilities [sic] are turning away AA with #COVIDー19, so we all know who the bad people are. If people are dying from abuse, #DanaNessel needs to file lawsuits now! She can't ignore these deaths,” @JimMazak tweeted.
Even the deputy editorial page editor of the Detroit News called the attorney general out for the inappropriate post.
“Why is our attorney general turning a pandemic affecting all of us into a racial issue? ‘White folks outraged because they can’t go golfing.’ Seriously? White folks are dying, too,” editor and columnist Ingrid Jacques tweeted.
Statistically, Nessel was correct – black Americans are dying of coronavirus at a faster rate than any other race in the United States, according to USA Today.
As of Friday, 21,504 Michigan residents had tested positive for coronavirus, and 1,076 have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.
African Americans accounted for 14 percent of the Michigan’s population, but black patients made up 33 percent of the state’s coronavirus cases and 40 percent of the fatalities, USA Today reported.
Nessel’s assertion that black people don’t play golf also set off the sport’s enthusiasts.
The Michigan Golf Live show posted a lengthy missive to its official Facebook page on Wednesday that addressed the fallacies in the attorney general’s assumptions.
“Rarely has someone in the public eye and a position of leadership made such a blatantly ignorant and racist statement in writing. One wonders how much longer your career would last had you chosen to reverse the references to race,” the letter began.
“Among the litany of reasons your tweet is so offensive, is the presumption that only Caucasian Michiganders enjoy golf,” it continued. “On behalf of more than 650 courses and millions of golfers in this state, we can, with 100% confidence, proudly state that the diversity of the participants in this great, hallowed, and historic game reaches across all racial lines...just as it does for our health care workers, police officers, and bus drivers.”
“Furthermore, it's additionally insulting to put forth the notion that we are capable of caring about only one thing at a time. Perhaps that's true for you, but for everyone else in this state (and everywhere else), it's not that difficult to care DEEPLY about the loss of life, the health and safety of our front line heroes, AND want to go outside and play the game we love so much. These things are not mutually exclusive,” the show added.
“It would be wonderfully helpful if you would tamp down your offensive, racist thoughts and keep them to yourself,” the letter suggested. “You've already demonstrated how little you know about the family of golf. Now, stop proving your ignorance about race, compassion, and the tireless spirit of Michiganders when it comes to our neighbors both on the golf course and on the front lines of this pandemic fight.”
The show finished by telling the attorney general that they were waiting for her “public apology.”
President Donald Trump and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged the racial disparities in the coronavirus infections at a White House task force briefing on Tuesday, USA Today reported.
The President said that the infection rate of African Americans was presenting a “tremendous challenge.”
"We want to find the reason to it," President Trump told reporters.
The President said national statistical data on race and coronavirus patients should be released soon, USA Today reported.
"So we are very concerned about that. It is very sad. There is nothing we can do about it right now except to give them the best possible care to avoid complications," Fauci said.