The media insists that everything bad “disproportionately affects” Blacks, those in the LGBTQ community, and other supposedly “marginalized” groups. The more preposterous the claim, the better, as if the media takes it as a challenge. Hence, we hear that inflation, high interest rates, and economic downturns are somehow harder on gays than heterosexuals, even though they typically have significantly higher household incomes than straight couples do, higher savings rates, and more disposable income, often due to the lack of children.
And we are subjected to stories claiming that everything-- acid rain, climate change, Lyme disease, and cedar apple rust included—is harder on peoples of color. (Even though we are told minorities don't go outdoors as much-- or to national parks-- because they understandably feel uncomfortable in these “white spaces.”)
Yet, remarkably, when it comes to reporting on the one thing that now demonstrably does disproportionately affect gay men, monkey pox, the media refuses to even note this. Won’t say it. Because it’s the truth. And it reflects poorly on certain behaviors of a protected class.
The sad irony is that, in the long run, this deliberate obfuscation itself may adversely affect those it was designed to protect.
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