Lessons from Ethnicity

By Donald A. Collins | 9 April 2020
Church and State

China is 95% of one race–HAN. The Tuesday April 7th Frontline TV program on WETA here in DC told us that the Chinese dictator has put an estimated 200 million non-HAN Muslims in “re-education camps”.

President Chi has now reopened Wuhan the original site of the Coronavirus outbreak much to the concern of many experts as the page one Wall Street Journal story of April 6th tells us.

Chinese leaders and many medical experts have held up this city as an example of what can be achieved through extreme efforts to contain the coronavirus.

It’s now becoming clear the battle in Wuhan is far from over—and the human cost much higher than officially acknowledged.

The city has announced only three new confirmed cases with symptoms since March 18. Authorities have just formally ended the 77-day lockdown on the city, allowing inbound and outbound travel for healthy people, after easing some residential restrictions to revive a crippled local economy.

In the past few days, however, it has tightened restrictions on some housing complexes, and said others will remain in place, after confirming dozens of new asymptomatic cases. An official newspaper said Monday there could be 10,000 to 20,000 such cases in Wuhan. The report was swiftly deleted online.

Inside the White House, there is broad consensus among senior advisers that China’s public reporting on coronavirus data is unreliable. Officials cautioned that U.S. intelligence analysts haven’t concluded unambiguously that Mr. Xi’s government knows the true extent of its coronavirus pandemic and is deliberately obfuscating those figures. A White House spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Regardless of your opinion of Trump, the massive cooperative diversity of US reaction to our viral crisis should give renewed verity to Winston Churchill’s definition of democracy which he deemed “the worst form of government except for all the others.”

The masses who want to migrate here and our growing multi ethnic population should be looked at as furthering the great American experiment. Obviously this should not advocate a no limit open border policy, but rather one of lawful selectivity.

Watching those who appear on American TV one can see that people of all ethnicities have risen to prominence in America.

And while our President would push for a reopening of America too soon, it is clear there is strong bi-partisan support for letting the virus set the timetable as NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci has recommended.

And so this pattern of behavior applies to our adjudication of all issues of controversy from immigration to abortion. Those of us who have spent our lives working as in my case for women’s reproductive rights can take some consolation in the fact that we are moving in the correct, democratically achieved direction.

The concern as so well documented by contributors to this important web site will be if that pattern of progress will be rapid enough to save our fragile planet. The jury is still out.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
ASIN: B00MA40TVE
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