The widely respected science journal Nature has issued an apology for linking the coronavirus to China.
The first known case of the coronavirus was in Hubei Province, China, on November 19. The first major outbreak of COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, was in Wuhan, China in early December. Researchers have traced the origin of the virus to a market in Wuhan.
It is an undeniable, scientific fact that the virus appeared first in China. It wasn’t until January 13, almost two months after the first case appeared in China, that the virus was detected in another country (Thailand).
So why apologize?
“It’s clear that since the outbreak was first reported, people of Asian descent around the world have been subjected to racist attacks, with untold human costs — for example, on their health and livelihoods,” the article read.
Science is supposed to deny the facts because a bunch of mouth-breathing yahoos call Oriental people names?
Washington Post contributing columnist Isaac Stone Fish:
This is unbelievable. @nature, one of the most respected scientific publications, apologizes to China for erroneously "associating the virus with Wuhan and with China." The virus started in China. That is a fact. Shameful.
— Isaac Stone Fish (@isaacstonefish) April 9, 2020
Is the entire planet bonkers? When Nature succumbs to a morbid, anti-intellectualism, you have to wonder if we’re living in some dystopian future, a la Idiocracy.
“I appreciate that Nature wants to reduce stigmas against Asian people, and I don’t support calling it the Wuhan Virus. But pretending that the disease didn’t start in China — or pretending that the Party’s early reaction didn’t help spread it — is deeply problematic.”
Indeed, Nature’s apology included this nonsense.
More speculatively, Nature’s apology says that a virus name that generates stigma could hurt “the diversity of university campuses and diversity of points of view in academia.”
Of course one expects that there will be fewer international students at Western universities, but the primary cause of this will be fear of the disease itself and the travel bans that impose uncertainty on the endeavor of international study. Campuses tend to be incredibly supportive environments for students.
What has happened is a concerted, massive propaganda effort by the Chinese Communist Party to attempt to disassociate China from the origin of the virus. But don’t these eminent scientists realize they are getting played? It’s one thing for brain dead liberals to nod their heads sagely and agree with the commies that it’s racist even to mention China and the virus in the same sentence. But men of science are supposed to be more discerning than that.
Any apology contributes to the anti-intellectual atmosphere that has gripped our elites who apparently believe that the Chinese Communists should have the final say on what is or isn’t racist.