Egregious Ebola Excitement

Ebola. If I hear another person talk about how they’re afraid of getting Ebola, I will implode.

First of all, you are more likely to get struck by lightening than contract Ebola. You are more likely to get shot in South Philadelphia than contract Ebola. You are more likely to fall off of a major city bridge into the water and be devoured by hungry recently recovered anorexic sharks than contract Ebola.

Okay, maybe not the last one.

The point is, I’m tired of all of these people running around covering their mouths and talking about how they would rather have AIDS than Ebola.

Why would that even be an option, ever?

I’m not saying this Ebola thing isn’t dangerous. Sure. It is. It definitely is, but this insane obsession that people have spread throughout, nay, infected the world with have had some seriously messed up repercussions.

I get that the whole thing spread from Chad, or Guinea or maybe it was Nigeria, and that we should all be excruciatingly careful, but I saw something so disgusting and racist yesterday that I am compelled to write about it.

I was waiting for my all-things-pumpkin-spice order at Wawa, minding my own strepthroat-infested business, when this black guy picked up the wrong order. He put it back down when he saw the number, and the guy—whose race I refuse to mention because it is not important—whose sandwich it really was refused to take it.

His genius excuse?

“I don’t know, man. That could have Ebola, or something.”

The level of stupid that this person has reached grossly and phenomenally surpasses the idiocy that I figuratively come in contact with on the internet every day.

There have been four cases of Ebola in the United States. FOUR!

And news flash: “black” is not slang for “African.” One hails from a totally different continent than ours, and the other is just as ‘Murica as you, sir.

Also, Ebola is extremely infections, not extremely contagious. Although these two words are very close in definition, they are not in this particular case.

Infectious (adj.): an infection which can spread by a the travel of a small amount of bodily fluid.

Contagious (adj.): likely to spread from one person or organism to another by direct or indirect contact.

Ebola is not considered very contagious because it is not submitted through air or indirect contact. That means that you’re probably not going to get Ebola from standing near a hospital in New York. You’re probably not going to contact Ebola because of some guy touching the outside wrapper of your gross extra-meat pork sandwich in South Jersey, either.

Yeah, I watched them prepare that disgusting thing and almost vomited from all the extra mayo and fattening layers of pig you demanded that weren’t even an option on the menu, jerk.

I hate racist people, but if you absolutely have to be a self-important bigot, at least have the presence of mind not to showcase your intense ignorance and mind-numbing stupidity to the world.

You might get a vicious blog post written about you.



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