San Antonio Passes Resolution Designating Term 'Chinese Virus' As Hate Speech

Holly Matkin

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said that the city will not tolerate "racism and bigotry and hate speech."

San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio City Council has declared that using the terms “Chinese virus” and “Kung Fu virus” to describe the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as “hate speech” and cannot be tolerated.

The resolution, which the city council unanimously approved on May 7, was the brainchild of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Texas Public Radio reported.

“We have a diverse mosaic of people here in San Antonio,” Nirenberg declared during the meeting, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“We want them to know, we want all of us to know that we stand side-by-side with everyone in this community and that we will call out racism and bigotry and hate speech when we see it, especially if it's taking advantage of a pandemic,” he said.

COVID-19 first appeared in the city of Wuhan, China, and has since infected over 4.1 million people around the world, The Hill reported.

A total of 283,387 people have died from the novel coronavirus as of Monday morning, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

The San Antonio City Council’s resolution declared that using terms such as the “kung Fu virus” and “Chinese virus” to describe COVID-19 “can fuel ethnic and racial discrimination.”

“…hate crimes, discrimination and aggression against Asians and Jews are on the rise throughout the country as these groups are being blamed for the COVID-19 outbreak and spread,” the resolution read. “Times of great fear, uncertainty and unrest can lead to the demonization, blaming, and scapegoating of groups.”

The council alleged that “extremists are taking advantage of COVID-19 to spread their hateful ideologies, including antisemitism, racism, Islamophobia, and Sinophobia,” and said that there have been “surging reports” of Asians and Pacific Islanders being targeted because of their races.

Referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” targets and stigmatizes communities and “creates an inexcusable risk to all,” according to the resolution.

President Donald Trump started using the term "Chinese Virus" after China began a propaganda campaign blaming the United States for causing the virus.

“The City of San Antonio denounces antisemitism, anti-Asian bigotry, and all hateful speech, violent action and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 that casts blame, promotes racism or discrimination or harms the City of San Antonio Asian and Pacific Islander, Jewish, immigrant or other communities,” the city council’s resolution read.

“The City of San Antonio will continue its efforts to protect residents and targets and victims of hate, and to prosecute and curb hate acts related to COVID-19 in partnership with nonprofit organizations, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement partners,” the council added.

The resolution does not establish an ordinance, and the measure is largely symbolic, Texas Public Radio reported.

However, the wording on the order explicitly asks people to "report any such antisemitic, discriminatory or racist incidents to the proper authorities for investigation."

District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez said that the resolution is necessary because xenophobia is “in our DNA,” according to Texas Public Radio.

“It’s alive and well. I believe that it’s more dangerous and more contagious than a virus,” Pelaez said. “Thankfully, however, there is a vaccine, that vaccine is light…drawing moral lines in the sand and saying ‘we will not tolerate this.’”

Nirenberg said that there have been “incidents that are clearly racist in nature” occurring across the country since the onset of the pandemic, but he refused to provide examples of such incidents that had allegedly occurred in the San Antonio area, Texas Public Radio reported.

“I don’t like to shine light on people who are just seeking attention but do it at the expense of others,” the mayor said.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz denounced the resolution in a tweet on Thursday.

“This is NUTS,” he wrote. “SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge.”

"If they want to investigate someone, start with NYT & CNN who both repeatedly (and rightly) referred to it as the Chinese coronavirus. #NoSpeechPolice,” Cruz added.

Comments (78)
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flybynight
flybynight

#zipperheadvirus

xcop137
xcop137

Chinese virus, Chinese virus, Chinese virus , Chinese virus, Chinese virus......come arrest me.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Another liberal who likes to limit free speech. Did I say liberal? I meant communist . And, dear comrade, I will say Chinese virus, Spanish Flu, German Measles and Italian sausage as much as I want in this country.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

What do they call the Spanish Flu in the San Antonio history books?

How about?:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Zika Virus
  • Ebola Virus
  • Guinea worm
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg Chronic Cognitive Deterioration (made that one up)
  • German measles
Marxest
Marxest

I'm not a racist, nor so I engage in hate, but I'm going to say until I die. Chinese Virus Wuhan flu, Chinese Coronavirus, Yellow Fever, Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus Chinese Virus

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

We've all heard of the Thin Blue Line, but Hizonnor the Mayor exemplifies the Thick Insanity Line. He obviously has lost his ability to reason, which just as obviously and erroneously presupposes that he ever had that ability. Emotionally reacting is not the same as reasoning.

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

A very wise man named Plutarch (Greek fella, philosopher, b 46 BC and d 119 BC) once said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Whether you agree or not, you have to agree that, supplied with air and heat, crap can also be kindled. This mayor is living proof of that.

JBoH
JBoH

Maybe we should call it the Canadian Virus...

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

"racism and bigotry and hate speech." are free speech protected by the first amendment. tyranny is when government denies constitutional rights. to tell people to snitch on free speech is tyranny!

MMUSCS
MMUSCS

Ron Nirenberg adds a whole new meaning to the word stupid. He is the one who blocked Chick-fil-A from going into the San Antonio Airport because of the personal beliefs of the owner, but he allows Starbucks, a company that is extremely anti law enforcement.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Apparently everything is becoming a racist term these days.

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

What a fucking asshole this mayor is I guess you’re not allowed to say Chinese food either

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

He didn’t say we couldn’t call it:
Chink virus
Gook virus
Slope virus
Slant virus
Charlie virus

We’ll be damned we’re going to let those greasy little yellow bastards get their hands on our birthright!
-Maj Koontz

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Chinese Communist Party Virus—CCPV.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I live in Alabama an it's a china virus so suck up butter cups it is what itis

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What fucking idiots!!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

What you call Hate Speech is EXACTLY WHY WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OUR FIRST RIGHT! Protecting your hate speech is FREE SPEECH! These little Hitler look-a-likes like the judge in Texas, the Gov. of NY and his privilaged brother are what you will get if you don't vote this fall!!!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

"KIll cops", is not HATE SPEECH TO THESE socialists! CUBA HAS OPEN JOBS, hint!

bill fuse
bill fuse

So I guess the child illness that is showing up called Kawasaki illness, should be changed to Harley illness, so it only insults American bikers?!?!? PC gone crazzzzy again.

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

Obviously The Mayor Has never read the Constitution, Especially the First Amendment.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ah.....ok????🤔

Clay W
Clay W

Wow....San Antonio has all their problems solved, so they have time for stupid shit like this??? They must be good!

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

Hey mayor they are nothing but low life motherfuking communist chinks. They have caused so much misery the ones responsible for this and the cover-up need to be assassinated

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

I sure am glad that panzy snowflakes like you we're not around when World War 2 started we would all be speaking Jap and kraut.👹

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

That group of people are among the dumbest on earth. Virtue signaling is the act of the immoral and self righteous bigots. One of America’s first world problems. That and people refusing to mind their own business as well as thinking they know what’s best for others.

debluvzcats
debluvzcats

What's wrong with some of these idiots? The virus started in China! How is it racist to identify it with the country of origin? Now let's declare Lyme disease as racist! How stupid!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder where they stand on a few words used to describe whites such as cave monkey, cracker, blue eyed devil, and honkies. Asking for a friend who works with computers.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Video of the resolution being passed begins at 4:34:00...

I can't believe it mentions Islamophobia.

The person reading the resolution cannot even read the word "anti-stigmatize," LOL. She's probably an English major.

It's a super long resolution and just goes to show what Liberals put their priorities on.

At 4:40:40, a man named Jack Finger speaks against the silly resolution. The dude is kind of funny. He busts out binoculars and a measuring tape to make the point that the Nazi's at the podium are hypocrites.

City Council appears to cut off his microphone when he has about 30 seconds left to speak.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I suppose "slant eyed bastard", is out of the question.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Stupid people grow up

Anomie88
Anomie88

They really have no idea what is important in life, in the world and for our country: Freedom of speech, religion, and the press. Without them, there is tyranny and oppression. I see they have pledged allegiance to WHO and the communist puppeteers who pull it's propaganda strings. Goebels would be proud. I just watched the video (courtesy of JIM, thank you). Embarrassing. If it wasn't for the dialect and poor speaking ability, I would have thought I was in Europe.

amlee
amlee

Sooooo.....Wuhan Flu is still ok? That is the SPECIFIC area it came out of. Calling it that would not be rude to the rest of China right?

amlee
amlee

and I thought Uber liberal retards were in seattle?.....San Antonio..."Hold my vegan, zero calorie beer seattle".

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

So I guess they don’t know that COVID starts for CHINESE ORIGINATED viral infectious disease. And 19 is due to the fact that this is the 19th virus to come out of China. Those city people are morons.

Lmaoreally
Lmaoreally

Lmao fuck San Antonio, its a goddamn chinese virus, Chinese fucking virus. I will say it until I die, UNTIL WE RID THIS COUNTRY OF THIS LIBTARD DISEASE, AMERICA WILL FAIL, TRUTH. YOU ALL KNOW THIS. AGAIN FUCK SAN ANTONIOTARDS, COME GET ME BITCHES

Lmaoreally
Lmaoreally

SAN ANTONIO MAYOR, I HOPE YOU DIE PAINFULLY FROM THE CHINESE FUCKING VIRUS

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

Pretty confident it's still protected speech....liberal moron

Exceptions to free speech in the United States refers to categories of speech that are not protected by the First Amendment. According to the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Constitution protects free speech while allowing for limitations on certain categories of speech.[1]

Categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment (and therefore may be restricted) include obscenity, fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, speech that violates intellectual property law, true threats, and commercial speech such as advertising.

TruthShines2020
TruthShines2020

LOL..If that COVID had originated here,It Would have been a "Yankee or GRINGO Virus". Mayor and council protected themselves with this SILLY/DANGEROUS "P.C. Resolution". There exist many other aspects regarding this COVID 19 that require Much Deeper Thinking than this "GOODY TWO SHOES ACTION". As yet we truly Do Not have a sensible uniform overall course of Re Action to deal with the virus and how we re-invent workplace activity to not further endanger our population but yet rekindle economic activity. We could be summoning physicians and leaders of industry to periodic seminars to accumulate ideas and it is city councils and state legislators that should be hosting these. Recurring flare ups of Corona cases in different locales attest to our lack of true cautionary preparation. P.C. actions are shallow and DANGEROUS , turn neighbor against neighbor and invite a resurgence of Nazi-Totalitarian Regimes.

TxPurl
TxPurl

What a poseur. WuFlu trips off the tongue better, anwyay. Suck it, Ron.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Do they still have Mexican restaurants there or is that racist to call them that? How about Italian food? Geez, we need a list of words we can use now. And what 1st Amendment?
The mayor needs to be institutionalized.

Jerry Atrik
Jerry Atrik

San Antonio and Austin both need to be removed from Texas. They've been over run by panty waiste, thumb sucker, Californians that need a dr and a safe room because words hurt so bad. What ever happened to the phrase, sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me? Grow up people

Rickenbackerfan
Rickenbackerfan

Will he permit us to say, ‘A chink in the armor?’

alicefae
alicefae

What’s Chinese Virus, en Espanol?

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

How about the chinky flu. Or the slant eyed flu ???

Lezwil
Lezwil

I feel sorry for Texas. One of the last great states being over run by Californians that fled their broken state and are now trying to ruin Texas in the same way by flipping it to blue. Florida is going in the same direction.

RobWes70
RobWes70

So a virus from China being called Chinese Virus is hate speech, what do they say about Chinese restaurant? Is that still ok

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

You liberal morons may consume feces. You will NOT rewrite our Constitution.

prousanation
prousanation

Didn’t know Texas had people that stupid in San Antonio..... bug the cure, as always, is to use the term Chinese Virus everywhere you go constantly, ridicule the morons incessantly and at every turn of the road !!!!


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