Liberal website ThinkProgress had a piece yesterday on “The Ugly Racial Undertones In Our Panicked Response To Ebola.” Consider, for example, the “disproportionate” national response to the Ebola outbreak, as opposed to the relatively calm reaction to Britain’s outbreak of Mad Cow disease.
“With Mad Cow disease (in Great Britain), you didn’t restrict travel; when you had bird flu in China you didn’t restrict travel,” Leo Mulbah, who heads up the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, told the Detroit Free Press. “So why now?”
In his interview with the newspaper, Mulbah suggested it’s because countries like Liberia don’t have the same political or economic clout as countries in Europe or Asia. That’s certainly true. On top of that, however, there’s another dynamic that’s been gaining increasing attention over the past few weeks: The undercurrent of racial stereotypes and prejudice.
Thanks to Ebola, some xenophobic attitudes have been on full display recently.
ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum tweeted a link to the piece, but the comparison of Ebola and Mad Cow didn’t convince many.
Sorry, Mr. Legum, the job’s been filled.