Racist policies are unjust and that's enough to dismiss them, but on top of that they're going to make it all much worse.
I'll explain a few ways.
Citizens of China (for example) rather than come directly here go to other countries that have less health infrastructure.
The ban arguably breeds more bans, which breeds more bans. It's a terrible policy and clearly racially motivated.
On health.gov.au in the "what are we doing" section, 4/7 points are basically "we're guarding the border!"
I mean who is that aimed at otherwise? Can't be the Chinese community here for sure.
Having convinced people that their shit is working, now it's not, people are panicking.
But when a disease is out and about, giving people the option not to unnecessarily go out is a pretty great idea.
Like shanking someone for toilet paper in Parra Woolies.
Preparing gives psychological comfort, it's a good thing.
The run on toilet paper isn't caused by people being shit, or the need to shit, it's because of racist shit cnts.
As though it's just toilet paper that people are panic buying, and as though production and not the way supply lines are disrupted by disease is the problem.
If you weren't, and especially if your gov said everything is fine, why wld you do so?
& wanting to have nappies or milk or bleach is not shit. Of course people are freaking out!
It is harming vulnerable people in our community: inspiring hate crimes, increasing scarcity via panic, spreading disease. Before COVID-19 even hits.
Pigs in parliament have their own troughs when shit gets really real.
Shut the fuck up with the played out toilet paper jokes.
(I say that having made at least one)
And think about what factors are creating a run on a whole bunch of essential goods. Things we use to live day to day.
So I'll reshare the final tweet of my disaster prep thread, because it still stands:
"Haha all these fckwits buying toilet paper how much are they gonna sht"
"The decision to stockpile necessary goods in the face of a potential epidemic that could kill 1 in 30 people is a logical decision, why weren't we doing it earlier"
For every panicbuyer there's a gronk laughing, rolling out "it's no worse than the flu" & justifying their lack of preparation with another's panic.
And both of them are at least in a major part propelled by racist government policy and messaging.
This despite the WHO releasing a meta-analysis dismissing the efficacy of such policies in 2014.
Nefarious Chinese time travellers?
"Only 2% (WHO says 3.4 now) die, and mostly the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions"...
In order to rationalise that seemingly senseless death, people will reach nonetheless to blame.
Racial logics are right there waiting to usher along that rationalising.
It's already occurred.
Racism renders those infected as deserving and thus casts the disease itself not as something that can be countered but as a force of balance, of order.
"It's the lepers and the Jews!" Not the rats or the sanitation or the overcrowding. Plague or not, germ theory or not.
They accept the framework and so downplay the danger of the racialised virus as an effort to counter the racism that caused it.
Stuff like this irresponsible meme:
Not least by encouraging those participating in anti racist action to be more vulnerable to the disease...
Say I'm making too much of race in this, but this is true:
Apologies for all the typos 😬