A borderline Marxist group, self-proclaimed as the “People’s CDC,” is demanding that mask mandates continue indefinitely because America’s relaxed pandemic policies are “racist.”
The People’s CDC is described by the New Yorker as a “ragtag coalition of academics, doctors, activists, and artists who believe that the government has left them to fend for themselves.”
Founded by Professor Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the group portrays themselves as being science-oriented, yet make outlandish claims that are not backed by science.
A while ago, someone I know started sending around links to the People's CDC—a coalition that styles itself as a model of what the CDC would look like if it actually **followed the science** on pandemic restrictions. I was fascinated. (1/x) https://t.co/NuzEW8Iedi
— Emma Green (@emmaogreen) December 28, 2022
The group believes that relaxed pandemic policies are only to appease corporate interests under President Joe Biden, while also claiming that the policies are racist.
The People’s C.D.C. strongly supports mask mandates, and they have called on federal, state, and local governments to put them back in place, arguing that “the vaccine-only strategy promoted by the CDC is insufficient.” The group has noted that resistance to masks is most common among white people: Lucky Tran, who organizes the coalition’s media team, recently tweeted a YouGov survey supporting this, and wrote that “a lot of anti-mask sentiment is deeply embedded in white supremacy.”
This kind of accusation is common for the People’s C.D.C. Their messaging has the unmistakable inflection of activist-speak, marked by a willingness to make eye-popping claims about the motivations of politicians, corporations, or anyone in power. “To name it clearly, the CDC’s policies are eugenic,” the Weather Report team wrote, in August. “They rely on and promote the indefensible stance that disabled and elderly, poor and working class people are disposable, unworthy of care, and unworthy of participation in society.” Eugenic policies have a long and ugly history, commonly associated with the Nazis, white supremacists, and others who advocate the racial purification of humanity. I asked Thill whether she truly believes that the C.D.C. is eugenicist, along these lines. “Just because a charge is difficult or impactful doesn’t make it a wrong charge,” she said.
Huh? The fact that masks don't work is racist?
Far-Left “People’s CDC’ Group Calls for Renewed Mask Mandates, Calls Mask Opposition Form of ‘White Supremacy’ https://t.co/F9lt6O8Vvm
— Chris Murphy (@seemurfee) December 31, 2022
The group does not want people to have free will when it comes to coronavirus and masking because it essentially means that some people will have to “stay inside forever.”
Brooklyn family physician Zoey Thill said during a Zoom call, “When we say, ‘Do your individual risk assessment and plan accordingly,’ that says to certain people, ‘Stay inside forever—for fucking ever!’ ” she continued. “For me, it’s about countering that. It’s about saying, ‘No, that’s not O.K.’”
Member Jirmanus Saba, added that “there’s no acceptable number of deaths,” and that “we’re all responsible for the safety of all life.”
The People's CDC advocates policies that could only be achieved nationwide with China-style lockdowns. There is no moral distinction, because their totalitarian goals were only stopped by reasonable people pushing back. https://t.co/DIKD5J16Ow
— David McCune, MD, MPH (@davidemccune) January 1, 2023