GOP Senator Tillis Blames Latinos for COVID Outbreak, Democrats Fire Back
Sufferers of COVID-19 have been disproportionately Latino and African American. There is a reason for this. Many of the essential jobs that are still being done during the panedemic are worked by Blacks and Latinos.
Lawmakers in states where the epidemic has grown out of control have been looking for scapegoats for the rapid spread of the illness. Thom Tillis, a vulnerable senator in the state of North Carolina, decided to blame people of Latin descent. Other lawmakers are now slamming Tillis for his callous remarks.
The North Carolina Republican said during a Tuesday Town Hall:
“I’m not a scientist and I’m not a statistician, but one of the concerns that we’ve had more recently is that the Hispanic population now constitutes about 44 percent of the positive cases. And we do have some concerns that in the Hispanic population we’ve seen less consistent adherence to social distancing and wearing a mask.”
Tillis was called out by two members of congress. Texas’ Veronica Escobar said, “This racist BS needs to stop. Latinos & African Americans are most at risk, dying at higher rates — and STILL going to work every day b/c they are essential workers. Meanwhile, Republican colleagues in Congress are the ones who refuse to use masks.”
This racist BS needs to stop.
Latinos & African Americans are most at risk, dying at higher rates — and STILL going to work every day b/c they are essential workers.
— Veronica Escobar (@vgescobar) July 17, 2020
Ruben Gallego, who represents Arizona’s 7th District also weighed in. “No…. we are the essential workers that were forced to go to work,” he tweeted. “We pulled the food, slaughtered the animals, packaged the food that fed America. They did it at barely minimum wage and went back homes to big families under one roof bc that is all they could afford.”