Surgeon General Jerome Adams was recently informed by a perpetually-triggered liberal reporter for PBS that he’s a racist who talks down to black and Latino communities via the use of insensitive terms such as “Big Mama” and “Pop-Pop.” How ironic indeed.
Fun Fact: Adams is black.
Recent reports have shown that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the black and Latino communities, particularly in urban areas.
Adams acknowledged at last Friday’s White House press briefing that while the reasons for that are unclear, there are certain physical traits that are prevalent among minority groups that could have a role with the outbreak. He added that “multi-generational housing” can help accelerate the spread of the disease as well.
The “Racially-Insensitive” Words:
Surgeon General Jerome Adams:
“I want to close by saying while your state and local health departments and those of us in public service are working day and night to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect you regardless of your color, your creed, or your geography, I need you to know that you’re not helpless and that it’s even more important in communities of color, we adhere to the task force guidelines to slow the spread. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. And call your friends and family. Check on your mother, she wants to hear from you right now.
“And speaking of mothers, we need you to do this if not for yourself than for your abuela. Do it for your granddaddy. Do it for your Big Mama. Do it for your Pop-Pop. We need you to understand, especially in communities of colors, we need you to step up and help stop the spread so that we can protect those who are most vulnerable.”
Send In The Clowns:
PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor confronted Adams over his remarks, which she claimed had already “offended” individuals online. Alcindor has a track record of making herself the center of attention and picking fights with the Trump administration.
Yamiche Alcindor, American Clown:
“You said that African Americans and Latinos should avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. You also said do it for your abuela, do it for Big Mama and Pop-Pop. There are some people online who are already offended by that language and the idea that you’re saying that behaviors might be leading to these high death rates. Do you, I guess, have a response to people who might be offended by the language that you used?”
Adams responded that he had spoken with The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and stressed that they need “targeted outreach to the African American community” and that he was using language that he uses in his “own family.”
Surgeon General Jerome Adams:
“I have a Puerto Rican brother-in-law. I call my Grand Daddy ‘Grand Daddy.’ I have relatives who call their grandparents ‘Big Mama.’ So that was not meant to be offensive, that is the language that we use and that I use and we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities. It is critically important that they understand that it’s not just about them and I was very clear about that. It’s not just about what you do, but you also are not helpless.
“We need everyone – black, brown, white, whatever color you are — to follow the president’s guidelines, the coronavirus guidelines and do their part because when I talked to the NAACP three weeks ago, it’s important to note that one of the things that they asked me was will you help dispel the myths in this community that people actually can’t get coronavirus if they’re black. That was a myth that was out there that’s actually very important for us to squash here.”