San Francisco Marin Medical Society Blog

SFMMS President, Brian Grady M.D.: "We Must Speak Up"

At his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Trump referred to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as the “Kung Flu.” This is not the first time he has done so.  At a press conference last month, President Trump was asked by reporters about the backlash against Asian Americans because of he and his administration’s insistence upon referring to COVID19 as the “Chinese virus.”

It’s unconscionable that anyone, let alone the President of the United States, would stoke animosity toward a segment of our own. There have been so many incredible, awful things said by this man and his administration. This President has disparaged women, African Americans, Latinx, LGBTQ, Muslims, and Asians. He has failed to condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and supporters of the Confederacy in times of crisis. 

We are now confronted with a global pandemic. What we need is cooperation, coordination, and unification in a common cause. What we need is leadership.  As doctors, and as human beings, we abhor these and all racial attacks and will not tolerate it.

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