According to CNN, the real concern about the coronavirus is not the potential for a global pandemic, it’s the fact there are too many white people trying to stop it.
That was the message sent by an article posted on the news network’s website entitled ‘Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity’.
The two images illustrating the article showed Barack Obama’s circle of advisers during the 2017 Ebola outbreak and President Trump’s advisers during a recent meeting about the coronavirus outbreak. In the photograph showing Trump’s advisers, most of them are, God forbid, white men.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 30, 2020
“Who are these experts?” whined CNN’s Brandon Tensley. “They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning.”
Tensley called the image, “a statement that’s as predictable as it is infuriating: President Donald Trump’s administration lacks diversity.”
He concludes by complaining about how “Trump values the opinions of: mostly white men who are mirror images of the President himself.”
Apparently, wanting to not appear racist is more important than stopping a rapidly spreading global pandemic which has now reached at least 23 countries.
This is yet another example of how “diversity” just means ‘less white people’. At its heart is the flagrantly racist premise that people should not be judged on the content of their character but on the color of their skin and that people with white skin should be discriminated against.
Respondents on Twitter were incredulous.
“When I lay dying of bat soup fever, I want to be able to say that the task force may not have been the most qualified, but goddamn they were a diverse bunch,” joked Carpe Donktum.
This needs to be fixed immediately.
When I lay dying of bat soup fever, I want to be able to say that the task force may not have been the most qualified, but goddamn they were a diverse bunch.
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) January 30, 2020
“Maybe, when the goal is to protect the country against a deadly virus, there are more important things than the race and genitals of the people in the room,” remarked Garrett Gutierrez.
Maybe, when the goal is to protect the country against a deadly virus, there are more important things than the race and genitals of the people in the room.
— Garrett Gutierrez 🚫👢🐍 (@GGarrett2000) January 30, 2020
I completely agree with you. A solution to any epidemic requires the input of non-binary people of color. Diversity of gender expression and of skin color is the only way to crack major epidemiological challenges.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) January 31, 2020
And that in a nutshell is why CNN is a complete joke.