Be­ware virus of hate

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - OPINION -

As in many cri­sis sit­u­a­tions, the ma­lign con­se­quences of the re­cent virus pan­demic will in­evitably fall most heav­ily on the lower classes, the work­ing class, the dis­en­fran­chised and the poor. But what­ever hap­pens in the end, com­mu­nity ethos, and per­sonal ethos will sur­face, one way or an­other. In some cases the virus of hate will well over shadow any imag­in­able phys­i­cal virus.

Trag­i­cally, peo­ple are stock­pil­ing guns across the coun­try more so than ever be­fore. They are hoard­ing pa­per prod­ucts for them­selves at alarm­ing rates. Ab­ject greed is rais­ing its ugly head. And, while it is not al­ways the case, some peo­ple of­ten ig­nore the im­me­di­ate needs of their neigh­bors.

Here is a good ex­am­ple of this. Our friend told us that when she re­cently saw her neigh­bor’s garage door open the other day, she no­ticed that her neigh­bor had floor-to-ceil­ing sup­plies of clean­ing sup­plies, pa­per tow­els, dis­in­fec­tant and toi­let pa­per. When she then saw the neigh­bor out front, she asked her if she could pos­si­bly pur­chase some of her toi­let pa­per, as she was un­able to find any in the stores that day. To that her neigh­bor an­grily shouted: “This is all for me and my fam­ily, you are not fam­ily,” and quickly closed her garage door and lit­er­ally ran back into her house.

Cur­rent con­di­tions of­ten tran­scend logic and per­sonal feel­ings. Just the other day an­other friend went to the Vallejo Costco. She went to the front of the long line out­side and told the greeter that she was only there to pick up a med­i­cal prescripti­on; she wasn’t there to shop. The greeter then let her pass through to­ward the phar­macy. Just then a man jumped out of the line, ran in after her, and slammed her against the wall, telling her she was wrong to push her way in front of the wait­ing crowd. The greeter looked shocked, but did noth­ing. Our 78-yearold friend now has a badly bruised shoul­der and was cer­tainly trau­ma­tized. Shaken and afraid to call the po­lice, she left.

An­other grave con­cern is the po­ten­tial rise of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. When peo­ple are forced to iso­late, frus­tra­tions and anger can of­ten oc­cur. Women and chil­dren are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble. Fur­ther­more, the fi­nan­cial im­pacts and pos­si­ble per­sonal and small busi­ness bank­rupt­cies will be dev­as­tat­ing for some, es­pe­cially those who have al­ready lost so much and suf­fered so badly in the re­cent fires.

Tem­pers will flair, im­pa­tience will abound, anger will be ex­ac­er­bated, and frus­tra­tions will dom­i­nate.

So Katy bar the door,

Johnny go get the gun, they’re com­ing for the toi­let pa­per.

— Paula McCon­nell/Vallejo

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