Ted Cruz responds to San Antonio’s decision to classify ‘Chinese Virus’ as hate speech
The San Antonio City Council passed a resolution on Thursday that classifies terms like ‘Chinese Virus’ and ‘Kung Fu Virus’ as hate speech. In the Anti-Hate Resolution, council members claim that such language encourages hate crimes, specifically against Asian-Americans.
“This coronavirus has held no regard for race, religion, creed, or political boundary. As such, our efforts must meet the indiscriminate nature of COVID-19 with empathy and compassion for all our neighbors,” wrote Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a letter to the council, pushing for this resolution to be passed.
Sen. Ted Cruz took to Twitter to call the resolution “nuts.”
“San Antonio denounces antisemitism, anti-Asian bigotry and all hateful speech, violent action and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 that casts blame, promotes racism or discrimination or harms the city of San Antonio … ” reads the resolution.
The resolution passed 11-0.
However, terms like ‘Chinese Virus’ refer to the geography from where the virus originated, and are not meant to incite racism or violence. Amid China’s anti-America propaganda campaign, geographical descriptors become more important than ever, as those descriptors continue to place the responsibility on the shoulders of the government who allowed for the virus to evolve into a global pandemic.
Censorship like this allows for the Chinese Communist Party to continue to lie, spread disinformation and harm, not only the American people but their own people as well. If you’ll remember, Chinese journalists had mysteriously disappeared after trying to report the truth about the coronavirus to the country and the world. For our leaders to ignore this is concerning and raises one question: Do Democrats want America to become a communist society? Censorship could be the first step in that direction.
It is time our leaders spend more time holding China’s government accountable vs. stripping away the Constitutional rights of the American people.
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