June 8th, 2020

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Learnt via Hacker News: apparently, there’s an open letter signed by over 1000 health care workers, which urges not to use epidemiological risks as a reason to shut down protests.

infectious disease experts must be clear and consistent in prioritizing an anti-racist message.
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COVID-19 among Black patients is yet another lethal manifestation of white supremacy.
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However, as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States. We can show that support by facilitating safest protesting practices without detracting from demonstrators' ability to gather and demand change. This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders.

(from CNN)

I don’t see how it can be anything but a political stance. If "safest practices" exist that do not detract from people’s ability to gather, then why are stay-home orders still in place?

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A Brit celebrity (that's how she introduces herself on Twitter; I haven’t heard of her before) expressed her concern over mass demonstrations in London:







Unless she repents and deletes her tweets, the threads offer an instructive illustration of the amount of hatred such sentiments will draw (example).



"Someone cancel this woman" is typical; but what caught my attention was this exchange about the decades. Someone is suggesting that a black person born (or having reached adulthood) in 1630s had better opportunities than a black person born in 2000s? Pinker would be very interested.

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Eric is using mental Jewish jiu-jitsy to successfully resist the dominant narrative. I almost forgot that Jews have their own powerful oppression story to put against the mainstream one: