I am a proud Italian-American, for lack of a better term. Both sets of my grandparents came from Southern Italy. When I first started visiting my wonderful long-lost Italian cousins about 20 years ago, I soon discovered Italians are not like Italian-Americans, or any Americans for that matter. I was shocked at how compliant they are with government restrictions and taxation.
Also, their political correctness was shocking to me. One shocking act of political correctness and virtue-signaling you may have missed happened about a month and a half ago, at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in China and Italy.
China owns a lot of Italy and most of its valuable commodities, so there is frequent travel between China and Milan, the business hub of Italy. So when word of COVID-19 was spreading in China and beyond, the virtue signaling mayor of Florence Italy took to twitter to tell everyone to "hug a Chinese." His aim was to show the world how not racist he and his city are. Fast forward 45 days and (5000+ dead later) we can't imagine a more bone-headed move.
Can we now put "virtue signaling" and politically correct pandering on the list of deadly pandemics sweeping the globe? We've always known it dangerous and stupid, but didn't realize how deadly. It's rampant in Europe and has certainly spread widely throughout North America. The one continent where it's almost non-existent and threatens very few is Asia, especially China.
Here's a story that will make your head spin. Earlier this year thousands of Chinese immigrants from the city of Wuhan traveled to North Italy for work. After the new residents got settled some of the local lawmakers noticed the Chinese immigrants weren't being totally accepted by native Italians.
That's when the mayor of Florence decided we should have "Hug a Chinese" Day. The mayor of Florence, Italy, @DarioNardella initiated "hug a Chinese" on Twitter on Feb 1, opposing anger toward China amid the #nCoV2019 outbreak, and calling for "Unity in this common battle!" Many Italian netizens responded by posting photos of themselves with Chinese.
The death toll in North Italy has now surpassed the death toll in Wuhan. As of today (Match 23, 2020) Italy has 59,138 cases & 5,476 deaths , so do people understand the gravity of the situation yet? 800 deaths today in Italy. Still think this was a good idea fucking idiots?