Biden Memorandum Condemning Racism and……

German Measles, The Spanish Flu, Norwalk (Noro) Virus, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Zika, Ebola, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many others were either named after where they were discovered or where they originated. Then you have diseases like Legionnaires Disease. This disease was named after the first group of people found with it. (A group of people developed a lung infection after attending an American Legion convention). 

Now, it is no longer “politically correct” to name a disease or illness after the location of its origin or the first people that became ill with it. Biden issued a Memorandum addressing this very issue on January 26th. Yet, he took it one step further and added “data collection.”

Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States-  “Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.  During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk.The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin.  Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI persons.”  and “The Attorney General shall explore opportunities to support, consistent with applicable law, the efforts of State and local agencies, as well as AAPI communities and community-based organizations, to prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI individuals, and to expand collection of data and public reporting regarding hate incidents against such individuals.”

It is always concerning to see a push for additional “data collection.” Statistics are already being collected and reviewed by State, Local, Federal law enforcement agencies, Universities, the ACLU, and other groups. Crime statistics, arrests, etc., are closely tracked and reported. Trends are monitored and modifications to law enforcement practices, enforcement, and community awareness programs are added and modified as needed.  We do not need “expanded data collection.” That term is worrisome, and I see the potential for 4th Amendment violations under it. “Data Collection” requires monitoring and obtaining information. If statistical information is already being collected about hate crime, its acts, participants, methods, ethnicity, etc., of those involved, what other “data” needs to be collected?  How is it to be collected? This raises a lot of questions regarding privacy and our right to be secure. Both protected by God and the 4th Amendment,.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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