[Vwoolf] Covid-19 memorials

Diane Reynolds direynolds1502 at gmail.com
Sun May 17 13:55:05 EDT 2020


If memory serves, it was Mitch McConnell who referred to  the undocumented meat workers as non-people. It was an astonishingly cold comment.

> On May 17, 2020, at 12:47 PM, Ellen Moody via Vwoolf <vwoolf at lists.osu.edu> wrote:
> I'm not sure why I am replying again (as I told myself  I wouldn't) but since my name keeps coming up, I'd like to say in today's Washington Post in the "Outlook" Section, pp B1 and B8, Micki McElya expresses in an article, what I was trying to say when I commended Judy Woodruff's efforts (she did some commemoration on this past Thursday night again -- 5 people). The article is titled "Almost 90,000 dead an no hint of national mourning."  Put up front "We don't see them as 'ours," says historian Micki McElya:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/national-mourning-coronavirus/2020/05/15/b47fc670-9577-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html <https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/national-mourning-coronavirus/2020/05/15/b47fc670-9577-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html> 
> I call attention to where McElya writes, "But in the case of the pandemic, even Americans apparently are not 'all Americans,' or rather some are less recognized in national kinship ... "
> He eventually quotes Judith Butler, who "in her book, 'Precarious Life; The powers of Mourning and Violence,' writes 'the obituary functions as the instrument by which grievability is publicly distributed, an icon for self-recognition."" 
> Now I'm not remembering clearly and didn't take down the source, but not long ago one of the Republican senators offered as a reason not to give the millions of unemployed people, those without food, no money for rent, any more subsidy is they are "non-people." 
> Ellen 
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