That was even faster than I expected.

With swine flu now hitting the United States, I figured it was only a matter of time before someone started to blame Mexican people. But this is an impressive turn-around, even for Michael Savage and Neil Boortz. Plus they get the “OMG terrorizm!” aspect in there too:

Neil Boortz claims that Mexico doesn’t have a CDC, so from the perspective of someone who wants to commit an act of bioterrorism against U.S. citizens, “What better way to sneak a virus into this country than to give it to Mexicans?”

At least one better way comes immediately to mind.

One would think that if terrorists were going to release a virus with the intent of killing Americans, they would do it on, say, the New York City subway system and not on a Mexican pig farm. But there are no lengths to which these guys won’t go in order to convince us that we’re constantly on high Terror Alert in the face of threats from any passing brown people.

It’s phenomenal how easily these guys can fit anything — including a potential global health pandemic — into a one-size-fits-all racist narrative about Mexicans being dirty and sneaky mules. It’s phenomenal that they can get away with it even in a situation like this, where the virus was spread outside of Mexico in large part because of tourists. And it’s particularly appalling in its victim-blaming — is it so easy to forget that 150 people have died in Mexico, and thousands more are living in fear?

You can practically hear the chorus of “They’re giving us swine flu!” right behind “They’re taking our jerbs!”

Unfortunately, it isn’t just a handful of jerks who happen to have radio shows who are perpetuating this kind of racism under the guise of simply wanting to “secure our borders” — it is, to use Liss’ words, rank and file bigotry. But congrats, GOP, for your increasing irrelevancy.

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12 Responses to That was even faster than I expected.

  1. I saw this on a fundamentalist christian board on Friday. Yes, last Friday. The poster said that the swine flu coming to the US was the result of “low tech bioterrorism”. Wow.

  2. Rosa says:

    that was astoundingly racists and unsurprisingly paranoid. But regardless of what nut job pundits might say, it is important to stay informed about the spread of the illness. Right not it is no where close the the apocalyptic conspiracy headed by rogue terrorists with high tech desert chemistry sets. However, it is spreading within the U.S. from human to human. There is a a great story about this on this site: ( lots of great sources)

  3. Actually this does not, unfortunately, supprise me in the least. Remember a few years back when Lou Dobbs and others tried to blame immigrants for leprosy in the U.S.? It’s a old tactic of the ‘dirty foreigner’, a old but still useful racist trope.

    It does rather nicely cement the position of the Republican Party as the party of white supremacists though doesn’t it?

  4. Bitter Scribe says:

    This guy “speculates” that radical Islamists “planted” the flu bug (how deep do you plant it? How fragile is the root system?) in Mexico to attack America. If these guys are so expert at “planting” bugs, why not just do it directly in the U.S., where the centralized transportation and processing…

    Oh fuck it. What am I doing? You cannot argue with these people. They are impervious to all forms of logic. They are impervious to everything but the sound of their own voice.

  5. Aftercancer says:

    Disgusting but how can that be a surprise? Just take a deep breath and hope they get a good healthy dose of it. Savage is in California where there is at least one confirmed case, somebody go give him a big kiss. LOL!

  6. Suzanne M says:

    I’ve seen a lot of this kind of bullshit in comment sections on news articles and such. Lots of “We need to seal the border NOW! Those illegals will kill us all!” And of course they ignore entirely the fact that the eight cases in NY were caused not by illegal immigration or some kind of terrifying bioweapon, but by students going to Mexico for spring break.

    But then, logic doesn’t fare well in the vacuums inside these people’s heads.

  7. hypatia says:

    Wow, way to live up to “going off the rails in a crazy train.”

    Of course I’m having trouble with the entire media coverage in general of this issue. On the one side it’s “We’re all going to die!” On the other, “It’s just the flu.” One interviewed disease specialist even went so far as to declare it “boring” before provided the regular sound bytes on washing your hands and trying not to sneeze on too many people.

  8. evil_fizz says:

    I would say something about how the U.S. cases appear to be a function of Americans traveling abroad, not people sneaking across the border, but that would infuse an unnecessary element of logic into this “debate”.

  9. Catherine says:

    Wow… my extended family has friends in Mexico City. There are currently so many people sick and dying in a country with big cities and bad slums whose government is clearly in over its head with this epidemic… and it’s all about bioterrorist attacks on America. How incredibly sad.

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  11. The Emperor says:

    The irony in Weenie’s (Savage. His real name is Michael Weiner) logic is that the USA was founded by Illegal Immigrants. Think about it. In the 1600’s illegal aliens came to this New World from Europe and settled here without Visas, without asking the Native population for permission(only doing so after they already settled) and without regard for Indian Laws.

    If I was a terrorist group, you don’t need to use bio-terrorism because there is the chance that the virus you use will come back and bite you on the ass. Leave bio-weapons to retards like oh governments.

    What’s next? AIDS was a plot by the “Gay Mafia” to undermine God and destroy America?

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