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Global Pandemic Covid-19: Can It Be Cured?
By Khalil Amani
What is an epidemic? According to Google (the easiest & quickest way to look up stuff!), an epidemic is a “widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.” What is a pandemic? Again, according to Google, a pandemic is a “global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people... [and] because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide” like the Coronavirus aka Covid-19.
To put it bluntly, an epidemic is an outbreak of a virus that remains localized or within a certain group, locale or country, like the Zika and Ebola viruses that were contained on the continent of Africa, whereas a pandemic is like a wild brush-fire that indiscriminately spreads throughout the world, crossing borders and attacking everything in its path as we see with Covid-19.
Covid-19 is a pandemic that supposedly started in Wuhan, China and spread abroad (And yes! I’m aware of all the conspiracies as to Covid’s origins; that it’s man-made and purposefully put into the world.) But let’s put this most recent pandemic in proper perspective before we answer the question about curing this deadly virus. Consider this!
Epidemics and pandemics have been around since Time Immemorial. It was a glacial and icy pandemic that killed off the dinosaur, but in more modern times, the Black Death/Plague between 1346-1353 killed an estimated 75-200 million people! The Cocoliztli Plague between 1545-1548 in Mexico and Central America killed 15 million people! The Flu Pandemic between 1889-1890 killed one million people! The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed 500 million people! The Asian Flu (1957-1958) killed and estimated one million people! The AIDS Pandemic, from 1981 until the present has killed 35 million people globally and the H1N1 Swine Flu in 2009 killed between 151,000 and 575,000 people according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
So where does that rank our current Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic? As of May 31, 2021, the worldwide death toll for Coronavirus stands at 3,540,437 and counting. Putting this information into its proper historical pandemic context, as of now, Covid-19 is a small pandemic that hopefully, we can rein in before the death toll climbs into the multimillions.
The demagogues and rabble-rousers and shit-starters and conspiracy theorists and “doom & gloomers” and apocalyptic folks are all over Social Media, treating our current “shit-uation” as though we are living in the “last days”–and the end of the world is nigh (near) unto us. Yes! We are living in perilous and tumultuous times, but can you just imagine having lived during The Black Plague, which killed 200 million people? They had no World Health Organization (W.H.O.) or Center For Disease Control (C.D.C.) or National Institute of Health (N.I.H.) to manage The Black Plague–or vaccines to innoculate the people from catching The Black Plague–which I guarantee you that these new-jack “Anti-vaxxers” (against vaccinations) would gladly take when they saw people dropping like flies to an early death. Am I saying that vaccinations are the, “Be all, end all?” No! But goddamn-it, they can be helpful in the curtailing of epidemics and pandemics!
Amazingly, when Covid-19 came into our consciousness, many misinformed black people said that Covid-19 wasn’t killing black people; that black people couldn’t catch Coronavirus. Some black folk were so flippant about the threat that Covid-19 posed that they were rhetorically asking & answering, “I don’t know anyone who has Coronavirus or has died from Coronavirus! Where are these people? How come the families of these people aren’t on Social Media grieving? Because blacks aren't dying from coronavirus!” When famous people came forward and said they were infected, still, some black people thought they were colluding with the government and faking infection. And then the Coronavirus knocked on hip-hop’s front door, killing rapper, Fred The Godson. (R.I.P.) Shit’s real, but you don’t hear me tho!
Some black people were on their, “That’s a Asian/white man's disease”–similar to how many straight people felt about AIDS in the eighties–that it was a “gay disease”–until AIDS started affecting middle-class white women and then President Ronald Reagan had to fight from behind the eightball to rein in AIDS’s deadly assault–and again, similar to how President Donald Trump viewed Covid-19 as a “Chinese virus” and sat back and didn’t take precautions, even though he was getting daily briefings on Coronavirus’s deadly assault on China, Italy and making it’s journey to our shores. Unlike President Barack Obama, who received daily briefings on Africa’s Ebola and Zika viruses and set up a task force to help keep those viruses at bay–in Africa and not come to our shores, Trump blew off the early warning signs that Covid-19 was a shit-storm headed to America. He was dead-ass wrong about the seriousness of Coronavirus—as were many black people who believed Covid-19 would pass over the black community like the plagues in ancient Egypt passed over the Hebrews and killed the Egyptians.
Today, the Coronavirus aka Covid-19 is killing black & brown people disproportionately. Black people are dying at an alarming rate from Covid-19, as compared to our white countrymen and women! What gives? Why black & brown people? Things that make you go, “Hmmmm?” Black folk seem to always get the short-end-of-the-stick and they wonder why many black people are “conspiracy theorists”–and rightly so! I say, to be born in America, as a black person, we have every right to at least consider the conspiracy theorist’s argument; for a case can be made that black people, from the shores of West Africa were “conspired” against and brought to the New World via the Transatlantic Slave Trade where we have lived marginalized lives–where our oppressors “conspired” to keep us underfoot until they could no longer pull off the greatest feat of human humiliation and degradation in the annals of human history that the world has ever seen or known–something that historians euphemistically refer to as, “That Peculiar Institution,” which was the wretchedness of American slavery.
Conscious black folk are well aware of things like the “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment/Study,” wherein black men with syphilis went untreated so that doctors could trace and track syphilis’s toll and destruction on the brain and body. For 40 years, between 1932 and 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted this experiment on untreated syphilis by giving black men a “placebo” (fake medicine/water in a syringe) instead of penicillin and told they had “Bad Blood.” On May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton formally apologized on behalf of the United States to the black victims of this horrible and wretched experiment. Yeah! America did dat!
And then there was that little thing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were engaged in–the Counterintelligence Program aka “Cointelpro” under J. Edgar Hoover whose mission was to “Prevent the rise of a messiah who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement.” Our American government allowed drugs to flood the black community to destroy the Black Panther Party in the sixties & seventies and again, during the eighties via President Reagan’s Iran/Contra Affair, where cocaine was allowed to flow freely through the streets of South Central Los Angeles via a street pharmacist (i.e. drug dealer) named Freeway Ricky Ross.
Yes! Our American government has been complicit in undermining black progress. Our government has sanguineous (bloody) hands when it comes to dealing with black people!
In more recent times, the eighties, black folk went from trying to put our government’s counterintelligence program to destroy black leaders and black organizations behind us to being confronted with the possibility that a new governmental terroristic attack was upon us–HIV/AIDS. Straightway, AIDS went from being a “gay disease” to becoming a full-frontal attack on ridding the planet of “undesirables”–Africans–and by extension–African Americans/blacks! White doctors like Dr. Robert Strecker, M.D., Ph.D.–a pharmacologist and gastroenterologist took the HIV/AIDS controversy to new heights, saying, “AIDS was a disease that was requested, manufactured and deployed and does exactly what it was intended to do.” (From James H. Jones's book, Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syhilis Experiment, p. 229) Dr. Strecker, Dr. Alan Cantwell and an attorney by the name of Walter S. Kyle had similar notions as to AIDS’s origins and whom it was aimed at–homosexuals and blacks. They went so far as to theorize that AIDS was developed by the U.S. Army at its biological research center in Fort Detrick, Maryland and that AIDS was created for biological warfare and blacks & gays were used as crash test dummies & guinea pigs to assure that AIDS would work against a foreign enemy. Dr. Strecker and others thought that AIDS was introduced into Africa via the small pox vaccinations of the seventies by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) around 1978, because, as they believe, the outbreak of AIDS happened in the same geographical location as the small pox vaccinations. Coincidence or nah? There’s just a lot of shit to consider when epidemics and pandemics arise.
Yes! A black person born in America has every right to be of the “conspiracy theory” persuasion. I’m sure you’ve heard people say in a condescending voice with a mean side-eye, “Oh! You’re a conspiracy theorist?” Let no one make you feel like that’s a bad thingy; for no synonym for “conspiracy” suggests that a “conspiracy” is a falsehood, false notion or a lie. Synonyms for “conspiracy” include “plot,” “scheme,” “sedition,” “machination,” “confederacy,” “fix,” “trickery,” “league,” “game,” “hookup,” “countermine,” “cabal,” “treachery,” etcetera, etcetera, etc.–not lie!
And so, we have arrived at the question, “Global Pandemic Covid-19: Can it be cured?” Of course it can be cured! If you read the fine-print on the case of Coronavirus, according to conspiracy theory, Covid-19 was created a few years back and that Covid-19 has a registered patent and the cure–or rather, the vaccine will be widely disseminated shortly. (This *patent claim is being hotly contested and somewhat debunked, but I think it's worth mentioning.) Word of the street is that this is just another plot from the evil machinations of people like billionaire Bill Gates to become more richer and corner the market on vaccinations, because, as some have noted, “Big Pharma”–pharmaceutical drug companies aren’t making big money, but rather producing vaccines is where the big bucks are! Some take it a step further and say that Bill Gates actually wants to depopulate the planet through viruses by inoculating people with vaccines laced with viruses!
Social Media gurus are claiming that China produces 80% of the world’s vaccines–and then we have a pandemic originating in China’s backyard, Wuhan, which is to lead us to believe that China purposefully gave the world Covid-19 just so they can reap the monetary rewards by curing it with one of their vaccines. China producing 80% of the world’s vaccines is a misnomer–a stretching of the truth, but what is true is that, according to Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House, Gary Cohen, a former chief economic advisor to Trump said that he “argued against a trade war with China because a Department of Commerce study found that 97% of the antibiotics in the United States came from China.” Woodward went on to say, “If you’re the Chinese and you want to really destroy us [America], just stop sending us antibiotics.”
No! China does not produce 80% of the world’s drugs. But! China does produce “80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make drugs in the United States.” (Internet Source: Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Dependence on Pharmaceutical Products From China, by Yanzhong Huang, August 14, 2019.)
As black people, we have questions and concerns above and beyond the simplicity of what mainstream media is pushing to the masses. Our unique history in America has us paranoid lak-a-mug... and rightly so! Who created this monster called Coronavirus? Is Covid-19 linked to population control? Will a vaccine actually give us Coronavirus? Will a vaccine inject a chip into our bloodstream as some Revelations-666 “Mark of the Beast” prophecy? Is 5g responsible for weakening the immune system, thus allowing Coronavirus to invade? And what part does Bill Gates play in stopping or starting epidemics and pandemics? Is Bill Gates an angel walking amongst us or a devil in disguise? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is either doing “da Lawd’s work”–or subcontracting the handiwork of Satan. We need real answers and not bullshit!
All we can do is "stay woke" and listen with a critical ear to all conversations regarding this pandemic. Follow the rules of "Social Distancing," wear a mask around people, wash your hands, eat well & stay hydrated and get plenty of sunshine. Get outside! Covid-19 is not the "end of the world" and neither are we living in the "last days." People have been saying that the "end of the world" is near since Jesus's days! Jesus had them disciples miffed & confused when he said, "This generation shall not pass away until all be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:34) and guess what? That generation came and went and still no end of the world, and thus, we take solace and comfort in the Bible's cyclic understanding on the regeneration of humankind, which says, "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth forever" (Ecclesiastes 1:4). Believe dat! Coronavirus aka Covid-19? We will beat! A cure/vaccine will put Covid-19 underfoot, and the saying, "And this too, shall pass" will have greater meaning. Trust in the human spirit and believe that like every other epidemic and pandemic before Coronavirus, we will win... and! Whatever the evil machinations of men may be, remember! They too, are human and will die a human's death like all of us, so fear not!
Indeed! In the grand scheme of epidemics & pandemics–comparatively speaking–the Coronavirus aka Covid-19 is not the Black Plague, but a soft wind blowing off the ocean, but if left unchecked, that soft wind will become our Black Plague! Peace and be well!
Author, poet, essayist, blogger, troll, satirist, cultural critic, freethinker, father, grandfather, husband & C.O.O.N (Consciously Optimistic, Overtly, Nihilistic), Khalil Amani is "Gay hip-hop's Straight Advocate." A Miami native who's written for Allhiphop.com and DJ Kay Slay’s, What's The Science & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, The Denver Post, Thump/Vice/Noisey.com, Forward, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, DJ Kay Slay's Streetsweeper Sirius XM Radio Show, The Opperman Report, Star Chamber, Sa NeterTV, CBS's, "West 57th Street" (1988), The Biography Channel's, "I Survived a Cult" (2010), The Biography Channel's, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult" (2013) and 2018's, ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel in conjunction with People Magazine "Cults," on Oxygen Channel's, "Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh Ben Yahweh" and in a special edition of People Magazine on cults. In 2019 Amani also has interviews at InTouchWeekly, Foxnews.com and Newsweek.com. In 2020, Khalil was most recently featured on national TV's the CW Network's, "The Mel Robbins Show."
Amani is the author of six books, including the groundbreaking “Hip-Hop Homophobes...” (iuniverse.com ’07). Khalil was the first media person to write about the allegations surrounding Afrika Bambaataa allegedly getting stabbed for date-raping a young man in 2013 and is in the upcoming documentary on the Afrika Bambaataa allegations, Trapped in a Culture. Amani majored in English and Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and the University of Nebraska. Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani. Email @firstname.lastname@example.org