Excoriating China’s Corona Cover-up Has Nothing to do With Racism | Adam Garrie
Among the left, it has long been par for the course to slander anyone one disagrees with them as “racist” or some variant of the term. One has to wonder if leftists sit round their offices and homes throughout the day pondering what social parlance to name as “racist” on any given day.
Throughout the English speaking world and in much of Europe, leftist politicians, media personalities and social media agitators continue to label anyone who so much as questions Beijing’s responsibility for the current pandemic as “racist”. Normally, this could easily be laughed away as if it were one of many adolescent rants at a meeting of the Labour Party. But since the world’s second richest country is using its own propaganda channels to feed the western leftist narrative of “everything that I disagree with is ‘racist”, it bears closer scrutiny.
First of all, the People’s Republic of China cannot claim a monopoly as the monolithic spokesman for ethnic Han Chinese throughout the world. There are many instances where a country named for an ethnic or racial group, is not the sole country in the world to have an indigenous population of such a group. Austrians are ethnic Germans just as sure as the majority of those in the Republic of Cyprus are ethnic Greeks. When one then understands that Austria has a centre-right government whilst Germany has a liberal so-called “centrist” government, it becomes all the more clear that criticism of Angela Merkel’s Germany has nothing to do with criticisms of the German people as an ethnic group.
There can be no doubt that China’s scandalous cover-up of the presence of a novel and deadly disease is an act of gross criminal negligence of the highest order. For at least a month, though in all likelihood for quite a bit longer, the authorities in The People’s Republic of China sought to supress any and all information about this disease and even went so far as to arrest, harass and socially molest Dr. Li Wenliang, a brave whistle-blower who sought to warn his countrymen and by extrapolation, the world about the presence of the notorious virus.
It can therefore be established that Dr. Li Wenliang did a brave and even heroic thing in trying to alert the authorities as to the presence of the disease. It can equally be established that the authorities behaved in a supremely negligent and incredibly inhumane manner in both suppressing the doctor’s findings and simultaneously oppressing the doctor himself.
Do the leftists who call critics of Beijing’s handling of the situation ‘racist’, not realise that Dr. Li Wenliang is just as much an ethnic Han Chinese man as is China’s leader Xi Jinping?
One must also explore the matter of Taiwan in order to more fully expose the illogical rhetoric of the left. Taiwan’s population is not only ethnic Han Chinese but the formal name for Taiwan is The Republic of China. Both Taiwan and the People’s Republic claim to be the “one China” – a political and territorial dispute that if anything has become more magnified amidst the current crisis.
Unlike the People’s Republic, Taiwan has had remarkably few instances of both morbidity and mortality from the disease originating in Wuhan. Moreover, Taiwan was able to contain the virus without resorting to the kinds of extreme measures seen in the People’s Republic. In so doing, Taiwan’s handling of the situation became a model for both South Korea and Japan – two countries that have also been rather more successful at combating the disease than most other countries with a significant outbreak.
It therefore becomes obvious that there is much to learn from Taiwan when it comes to combatting the pandemic. Of course, the people of Taiwan are just as much ethnically Chinese as are the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. If one is praising one state whose population is overwhelmingly ethnic Han Chinese, whilst simultaneously castigating a neighbouring state whose population is overwhelmingly ethnic Han Chinese, one crucial question must be asked: against whom is one being racist?
Then one could turn to Singapore, a country whose multiracial society is nevertheless majority ethnic Han Chinese. Singapore has also done a good job in containing the disease with comparatively little social disruption. In criticising the actions of the People’s Republic of China but praising Singapore with its majority ethnic Han Chinese population and its ethnic Han Chinese Prime Minister, one must again ask: against whom is one being racist?
And thus, one sees the collapse of the house of cards upon which the left’s cries of racism are erected. As is so often the case, the shrill cries of “racism” have little or nothing to do with race or ethnicity but everything to do with politics and ideology. To criticise the gross criminal negligence of the authorities in the People’s Republic of China, has nothing to do with criticising the Chinese ethnicity/race, not least because in other states, people with the same genetic, cultural and historic background can teach the world much about how to fight a pandemic for which Beijing holds the penultimate responsibility.
To use another example from recent history, when the Russian patriot Alexander Solzhenitsyn fiercely criticised the Soviet regime which governed a majority ethnic Russian superpower, was he being racist against his own people? The answer of course is self-evident to anyone even peripherally familiar with 20th century Russian history.
There is one final irony to this. Communism is an ideology that preaches the acculturating practice of so-called “internationalism”. How strange then that Beijing now seeks to speak for all of the world’s Chinese people in order to hide its own negligent acts, using an old trick learned from the overwhelmingly white men and women whose proverbial politburo is not in Beijing but in Bloomsbury.
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