1: Covid cases have been shown to disproportionately affect minority communities ( From the Washington Post: "A handful of states report coronavirus cases and death by race and ethnicity. In Illinois, black people are 14 percent of the population but account for 30 percent of the confirmed cases and 41 percent of the deaths. In North Carolina, where African Americans represent 22 percent of the population, they make up 37 percent of cases and 22 percent of deaths. Data from Louisiana, where black people make up 33 percent of the population, shows they represent more than 70 percent of covid-19 deaths.")
2: A lot of the states looking to reopen without widespread testing and without any demonstration of curve flattening are in the South.
3: Minorities in these states are concentrated in urban areas where infection rates are higher than in rural areas.
4: The businesses opening first in Georgia are nail salons and hair salons, nonessential businesses that are very popular with minority culture. Why not start with Starbucks?
......doesn't this at least have the appearance of traditionally racist states figuring that they may once again have a legal way to kill minorities on a pretty impressive scale all while being able to innocently claim "it's about the economy, dummy"?
Could Covid-19 accomplish the same goal on a much larger scale, more efficiently, and without getting one's hands dirty?
It's a terrible question to ask, and I certainly hope it's all just a series of terrible coincidences, but if one looks very coldly at the facts and the relative impact of bolstering a flagging economy while also eliminating a good portion of people that have historically been undesired at best, is it not frighteningly possible that it's intentional? And while I accept coincidence as part of the mathematical flukes in random chance, a lot of believers feel there are no coincidences. So........who knows?
I have had similar thoughts about Trump and his coronavirus approach with New York and California. I have a hard time not thinking he'd like to reduce the overall urban numbers in these states, black and white, and maybe try for a popular vote win in November.