Posted by Curt on 21 June, 2020 at 3:26 pm. 3 comments already!


At least four organizers of recent protests in South Carolina have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting one of the main organizers to urge others to get tested.

Several protesters at the marches in downtown Columbia — in addition to similar events in Charleston and Greenville — have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to organizer Lawrence Nathaniel.

“We are asking you please go get tested immediately,” Nathaniel said Sunday on Facebook.

Nathaniel’s previous political work includes organizing for the Democrats’ Tom Steyer and Bernie Sanders campaigns according to his Facebook page.

He is now re-thinking protest strategy. His group was set to hold a statue-related rally but now that’s off.

“It’s time that we must step up our game. What are we doing to step up our game? We’re canceling all our protests,” Nathaniel said. That includes an event that was scheduled for next Saturday, dubbed the “Take Down the Statue” protest.

Fascinating. Nathaniel is one better than the 1,000 so-called health care experts who prioritized protesting over public health (and at the same time wanted to shut down other First Amendment-protected activities such as attending church or President Trump’s rally).

Reason notes how difficult health care experts have made the past few months in the name of flattening the coronavirus curve, only to toss all that out when the protests started.

Many people all over the country were prevented from properly mourning lost loved ones because policymakers and health officials limited public funerals to just 10 people.

For months, public health officials urged people to stay inside and avoid gathering in large groups; at their behest, governments closed American businesses, discouraged non-essential travel, and demanded that we resist the basic human instinct to seek out companionship, all because COVID-19 could hurt us even if we were being careful, even if we were going to a funeral rather than a nightclub.

All of us were asked to suffer a great deal of second-order misery for the greater good, and many of us complied with these orders because we were told that failing to slow the spread of COVID-19 would be far worse than whatever economic impact we would suffer as a result of bringing life to a complete standstill.

And suffer we did. More than 40 million Americans lost their jobs. Americans who never once thought of having to rely on food banks found themselves in lines for miles so they could feed their families. Millions may face eviction or foreclosure before long. Pastors were sanctioned for holding drive-in church services where there was no danger of virus spread.

Authorities even jailed Texas salon owner Shelly Luther when she reopened her business while taking due precautions. Dads couldn’t even take their kids to the park in some states without risking a run-in with the law. Remember the arrest of the lone paddleboarder in California? Ridiculous. Arbitrary. The experts supported all that and gave no evident thought to the obvious and devastating economic and sociological side effects.

But along come the large street protests, and the same experts who persuaded governors and mayors to confine Americans to house arrest for months set a record for setting double standards by supporting the protests despite the obvious potential for COVID spread.

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