Thursday, June 11, 2020

Vos blames Racine Covid-19 victims' immigrant 'culture' for their suffering

Noted Racine County GOP legislator, cultural affairs humanitarian and disease expert [sic] Robin Vos -

- echoing State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roggensack's Covid-19 pandemic pandering on behalf of "regular folks" who miraculously remained symptom-free - says unapologetically that the persistently steep disease curve in his home county for which he is unaccountable is due to immigrant culture.

“I know the reason at least in my region is because of a large immigrant population where it’s just a difference in culture where people are living much closer and working much closer,” the Rochester Republican said of an outbreak in Racine County.
Vos condemned the recording of his remarks, rather than apologizing for their content.

His not-so-veiled reference to Latino residents in his district who didn't have access to the free, pandemic-protective gear which the privileged, public-trough employed/'work-from-home Vos got to use on election day, for example, ignores that many immigrants work in key industries like meat-packing and other environments which require close-quarters' work.

And data show that lower-income and minority Covid-19 sufferers are disproportionally victimized by Covid-19, having already been put at risk by discrimination and other longstanding social, economic and public health problems

COVID-19’s Racial Death Gap Was Predictable
Here is more of what Vos ignores, or has missed because he won't educate himself:
But what the coronavirus' effect reveals is that the Latino demographic is largely made up of people of color working in essential and service jobs on the front lines of transit systems, hospitals, the hotel industry, and the meatpacking and agricultural industries, with a longstanding lack of access to adequate health care.
And speaking of "access to adequate health care access," Vos has consistently blocked Medicaid expansion for low-income residents in Wisconsin, leaving many vulnerable to disease and early death.
Asked during a Madison luncheon whether he would accept the [available Medicaid] money if he needs to broker a deal on legislation should Democrat Tony Evers defeat Walker, Vos said "No way. Never."
Later reduced to #Never.
In reference to this AP story:
Wisconsin Republicans seek compromise on Medicaid expansion 
April 28, 2019 
Vos tweeted: 
Vos's repellant 'blame-the-victim' mentality is typical of Republican Party racism which the Covid-19 pandemic keeps releasing on an exhausted America:
GOP Ohio state senator wonders if ‘colored’ people get COVID-19 from not washing their hands as much

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