‘Covid-19 suddenly turned woke?’ Packed Pride & BLM rally in Chicago draws criticism of hypocrisy
Scenes of thousands marching in Chicago in a joint ‘Pride’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ parade have raised questions about double standards in reporting and enforcing social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Even though Chicago’s annual Pride Parade was officially canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, massive crowds gathered on Sunday in the Lakeview neighborhood and marched uptown to “reclaim Pride.”
I thought the media said mass gatherings were going to kill us all? “Murder,” they said.... https://t.co/kVqqbxt0ik— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 28, 2020
Aerial footage of the packed event has drawn much criticism from those opposing the harsh lockdown measures and the apparent double standards in enforcing them. Local authorities and mainstream media were blasted for ignoring or even “encouraging” particular gatherings, while painting the rest as a dangerous breach of social distancing rules.
Perhaps people are opposed to prolonging covid lockdowns because elected officials don’t consistently enforce their own rules pic.twitter.com/t2S29DkINB— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 28, 2020
Some hit back at the critics, insisting that the law-abiding participants of the march were all wearing masks, and arguing that the risk of contracting the virus outdoors is much lower.
Maaaaaaybe it’s because there’s little to no evidence protests spread the virus because most people wore masks and it was outside and people are mad because the virus is spreading in southern states where people are dining indoors and refusing to wear masks— Declan (@DeclanDuggan12) June 28, 2020
Crowded mass protests against racism and police brutality sparked in hundreds of cities by the death of George Floyd may play a role in the recent jump in cases, with demonstrators largely defying social distancing guidelines.Also on rt.com ‘Virus is off today?’ THOUSANDS rally in Brooklyn for #BlackTransLivesMatter… as Cuomo threatens bars for Covid-19 rule violations
Media coverage of the rise in infections, however, has focused almost exclusively on those gathering at bars and beaches (as well as Trump rallies and anti-lockdown protests), while virtually ignoring the massive BLM marches as a potential factor.
Yup- it's the world's first first WOKE virus.It was killing more black people than white a few weeks ago, but then it found out that blacks have been subject to years of systematic racism, so it stopped infecting them altogether.Even the scientists agree on that!!— DM64 (@vantagemusicuk1) June 28, 2020
Though the recent rise can be explained in part by increased testing for the virus, some health experts say it does not fully account for the spike, arguing that the outbreaks are accelerating.
Amazing investigative journalism: 7 days after Trumps 9k rally, you can point to increased COVID cases from it. 3 weeks post protests involving 100s of k’s in multiple cities and you can find no evidence there is any increase in COVID from them.— Ray (@rmtanca) June 27, 2020
To date, the virus has killed over 125,000 people in the US, roughly a quarter of the global death toll of 500,000, and there are fears that the spike in new infections could undo the falling trend in fatalities.Also on rt.com Ignoring MSM’s Covid-19 warnings made Americans more likely to die, studies say. Unless they went to a BLM protest, says another
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