Term "China virus" banned by Biden administration, even as new strains become known by places of origin

by Laura Mize · Jan 28th, 2021 10:11 am

Last Updated Jan 29th, 2021 at 3:35 pm

President Biden signed an executive order Tuesday that condemned the use of the phrase "China virus" and directed "executive departments and agencies" to make sure documents, statements and "actions ... do not exhibit or contribute to racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."

The order is titled "Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States."

The order says that "inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric" has put Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders "at risk."

"The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin," the order says. "Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI persons."

Mainstream media and liberals repeatedly criticized former President Donald Trump and his administration for referring to the COVID-19 virus by its place of origin, which is widely known to be China.

The Trump White House pointed out in a March Twitter post that numerous other diseases are known by the place in which they originated or had the most notable impact.

Former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer wrote on Twitter Monday that The Washington Post has referred to newly recognized variants of COVID-19 by their places of origin.


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