Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Aug 30: Alexander continues to push Dr. Fauci’s press team to downplay the risk of children contracting and spreading the coronavirus. In emails obtained by Politico, a NIAID scientist refutes Alexander’s claim that the coronavirus poses “zero” risk to children, citing multiple studies indicating that spread occurs among children.  Alexander replies by stating that wearing masks would be “traumatic” for children and retorting that there is “little, if any evidence” the children are at risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Someone is shot and killed during protests in Oregon. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) urges President Trump to “reconsider” his plan to visit the city of Kenosha as protests continue over the shooting of Jacob Blake

Aug 31: HHS Secretary Alex Azar revokes the FDA’s ability to check the quality of tests developed by individual labs. Alex Azar unilaterally changes the CDC’s ability to check the quality of tests used by individual labs, Politico reports. While the move had been supported by universities and private labs in the past, the change was reportedly objected to by FDA Chief Stephan Hahn as well as other experts who believed that the decision risked allowing inaccurate tests into the market during a public health crisis. Politico reports that the tension between Azar and Hahn rose to “screaming matches” over the issue. 

Sep 1: The United States says it will not participate in an initiative by the WHO to develop, make, and distribute a COVID-19 vaccineCOVAX, with 172 countries participating, was launched so that an eventual vaccine could be distributed evenly to poor and developing countries. U.S. Health and Human services announces that it will launch a massive, $250m marketing campaign to “defeat despair.” Immediately, pundits on the left speculate that this is a GOP partisan plan to diffuse concern over the virus and amplify support for Trump.

Pepsi pulled this tone-deaf commercial oversimplifying the issue of police violence after popular backlash. Channick, Robert. “Pepsi Pulls This Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad after Widespread Backlash – Chicago Tribune,” April 5, 2017.

“RNC Blasts Cancel Culture,” NowThis News, August 28, 2020,

“Noam Chomsky Says Trump is WORSE Than Hitler,” TYT Conversations, August 20, 2020,

Channick, Robert. “Pepsi Pulls This Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad after Widespread Backlash – Chicago Tribune,” April 5, 2017.
Jilani, Zaid. “Don’t Blame Police Racism for America’s Violence Epidemic.” Quillette (blog), July 27, 2019.
McWhorter, John. “The Dehumanizing Condescension of ‘White Fragility.’” The Atlantic, July 15, 2020.

Harper’s Magazine. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” July 7, 2020.

Kaufmann, Eric. “The Denial of Cancel Culture.” Quillette (blog), September 1, 2020.
McWhorter, John. “Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom.” The Atlantic, September 1, 2020.
Rauhala, Emily, and Yasmeen Abutaleb. “U.S. Says It Won’t Join WHO-Linked Effort to Develop, Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine.” Washington Post, September 1, 2020.
Beer, Tommy. “U.S. Won’t Join Global Coronavirus Vaccine Effort Because It’s Led By The WHO.” Forbes, September 1, 2020.
Pearce, Katie. “Excess Deaths Show the True Impact of COVID-19 in the U.S.” The Hub, September 1, 2020.
Albuquerque Police Department, Deputy Chief J.J. Griego. “Crime Trends in Albuquerque from 2018-2020,” September 1, 2020.
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