I was reading another Aaron Sibarium article about the "race triage" controversy in American hospitals—where one's race can quite literally be a matter of life and death. I know, I thought it was ludicrous too, so ludicrous that it couldn't possibly be real. Except it is. I've been fascinated by this story because it demonstrates some of the potential far-reaching effects of woke ideology. Some might say: "Oh, a few professors get fired for saying the wrong thing? That's unfortunate, but it's the price to pay for progress." But when it starts affecting medical care, then it clarifies the stakes. This isn't just another inconvenience, if one wishes to describe firing professors and taking away their livelihoods as merely that.
In the article, Aaron quotes Sen. Marco Rubio saying, “One's race or ethnicity should not be the driving factor that decides whether or not you live.” Despite Rubio being a Republican, this struck me as succinct and well-put. Interestingly, I hesitated before tweeting out the quote. You're not supposed to cite Republicans in a way that might be misconstrued as positive, after all. Or if you do cite them positively, then you have to introduce a caveat so people don't get the wrong idea. If I hesitated, I can only wonder how liberals in good standing might hesitate. In any case, I tweeted it. Zaid Jilani of Inquire replied: "Tweets from 1955." Is this the way progress works, like a horseshoe?