AfroA 30: Social Phobias on COVID-19

social distancing

Takuan Amaru

“The president encouraged protests against his own administration’s public-health policies. His team greeted it with a collective shoulder shrug”

     ~Asawin Suebsaeng, journalist at the Daily Beast

Famed numerologist, Tania Gabrielle, stated that “2020 is a very special year of perfect vision and accomplishment”. As we near the end of April, perhaps it’s still too early to make heads or tails of her prediction; nevertheless the biggest accomplishment thus far, on a global scale, is the now ubiquitous trend called “social distancing”. Whether your region refers to the restrictions placed on travel as a stay-at-home order, or a movement control order, the fact is everything has been shut down for over a month. President Donald Trump, in response to COVID-19, has declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act, and issued two additional national emergency declarations via the Stafford Act and the National Emergencies Act; and on March 18, he invoked emergency powers by means of Executive Order under the Defense Production Act. Now, we’ve been advised over-and-over again by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as other organizations to stay at home, wash our hands, avoid large gatherings, wear masks, etc. huntington beachNevertheless it appears that a certain sector of America is displaying a blatant disregard for authority. More than 100 white nationalist demonstrators gathered in Huntington Beach on April 17 to protest California’s stay-at-home order. The scene featured lots of American flags as well as some which proclaimed support for Donald Trump. They were intentionally violating social distancing guidelines, and were not shy about letting it be known. Here is what one man, who was hosting a Facebook livestream had to say: “We’re here in defiance of (Governor) Gavin Newsom and his socialist agenda to ruin our economy…we’re definitely not practicing social distancing.” To make matters worse, the overwhelming majority of the vocal participants were not wearing masks as they jeered the “fake virus” and “fake hysteria” over the constant chanting of: “No foreign vaccinations!” Carlos Saucedo, a news reporter at KTLA-5, stated no arrests were made at Huntington Beach. Furthermore, similar demonstrations by white people were reported in other parts of the United States.

Now, some may criticize the emphasis being placed on the ethnicity of the protestors, suggesting some sort of unfair racial bias. And those people are absolutely correct. However we must assign the blame where it rightfully belongs. Question: Does anyone believe a black fraternity, or a group like the NAACP (at any time but especially now) could hold a public uprising “in defiance” of a state-governor? Can you imagine just how swift and violent the police would act if they ever were so foolish? Instead of the peaceful scene on the left (of whites chilling at Jacksonville Beach a couple days ago), it might look more like the all-too-familiar scene on the right.

We already know a double-standard exists but, even beyond the normal hypocrisy, do white-nationalist groups know something the rest of us do not? Even if they don’t, why is it their gatherings are not viewed by the government as dangerous? Again, let a group of Mexicans decide to hold a protest and see what happens? Any violence or arrests made—and there would definitely be some—would be chalked-up to the “need for public safety”. Moreover, white folks everywhere would be shaking their heads in contempt and pointing their fingers. So why aren’t white gatherings deemed unsafe? Why do police officers just stand around and allow them to disregard the mandate? Is it possible that COVID-19 is either not as lethal, or is not spread the way it has been commonly reported? It just seems logical that if the U.S. government really believed the Coronavirus was the second-coming of the Bubonic Plague, they would not tolerate any of these gatherings.

There is another conclusion…

Perhaps the stay-at-home order is only for hmm, how should I put it? The lower classes. This would explain why there are very few darker-complexioned people at the beaches…or holding demonstrations. Is it possible the restriction to remain at home is only (really) aimed at non-whites? Is this what Colorado’s House Minority Leader, Patrick Neville—who happens to be a Republican—was hinting at when he likened the stay-at-home order with a “Gestapo-like” mentality? Radio-show host Zo Williams, of the ZoWhat Show, has discussed the possibility of a reestablishment of the social order. In other words, the ruling class is using the outbreak of COVID-19 to reset American society more in accordance with white supremacist values. Tariq Nasheed, producer of the Hidden Colors series, claims that whenever it is stated in the media that only some areas should be restricted, this is how white nationalists “blow silent dog-whistles to each other”. According to Tariq, due to their large populations of melanin-rich people, cities like Detroit, Atlanta, or New Orleans have become politically-correct tags for blacks; while references to “rural areas” mean white folks.

Conspiracy Theories Abound

Does this sound a little too conspiratorial? Good. Because it’s meant to; this is my intent. However, once again, let us be sure to place the focus where it belongs. According to the Census Bureau, so-called ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the population somewhere around the year 2042, surpassing you-know-who. If you do not think the ruling class is shaking in their boots over this changing-of-the-guard, you’re not in touch with white-fragility. Last year, I discussed this very topic with a white man—and not just any white man. We all know one or two whites who we want to believe are not racists. You know what I’m talking about; the kind of guy who, had he lived in the American South during the chattel-slavery era, might have been an abolitionist. Well anyway, my ‘white hope’ was named Jeff; and during our conversation Jeff got upset because he claimed that I always casually lumped him into the same category with known white supremacists. white familyThis, in spite of his efforts over the years to prove he was not a bigot. As we delved deeper into the discussion, I got him to admit that not only was he proud of being white but, in addition, he was looking forward to having both children and grandchildren who looked like him, his family, and his fiancé’s family—who happens to be of German-Irish stock. Before I could continue, he lashed out: “What’s wrong with that? You always talk about being proud of your ancestral line!”

“True”, I replied. “But it’s not the same because I’m a descendant of the original Asiatic man and woman. “Black people”, I continued, “are the Alpha and the Omega…the beginning and the end”. When he sneered at this, I brought it down a level and pointed-out that, according to Census Bureau projections, it is the natural course of events for white people to be wiped out sooner than later: to become extinct. “With this in mind”, I concluded, “what unnatural policy, law, or strategy are YOU prepared to take-part in—or look the other way when it’s being implemented—in order to ensure the existence of your white posterity?”

As you might guess, Jeff had nothing else to say.planned parenthood

Takuan Amaru is the author of the trilogy, Gaikokujin – The Story.

About Takuan Amaru

Takuan Amaru is an author, teacher, and public speaker. Former columnist of the Examiner (Philadelphia) magazine, he has written over 100 articles on various topics such as popular culture/music, ancient spirituality, and philosophy. Tak borrows from diverse life-experiences as a soldier, social worker, athlete, as well as music artist to connect with readers. He makes his home in Nagoya, Japan. Contact: takuanamaru@gmail.com or connect on Facebook. Websites: www.gaikokujin-thestory.com / www.afroasiatic.jp.
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