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There hasn’t been much in the news about blacks with coronavirus, other than celebrities like NBA players and movie stars. But now, here’s a story: From The Root:

Exclusive: A Black Organization Held One of America’s Biggest Ski Conventions. This Year’s Attendees Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Michael Harriot
Today 2:31PM

… Weeks after National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS), America’s largest organization dedicated to supporting and developing winter athletes of color, hosted its popular national summit, black skiers and snowboarders are still reliving the weeklong convention, which according to the group’ website, is “the largest gathering of skiers and riders, more than any other ski convention in the United States.” Aside from the memories of camaraderie and revelry (and, in all likelihood, a few spades games) at an Idaho resort, many of this year’s older, more seasoned attendees brought home a more substantial parting gift:

Coronavirus.

Founded by two black ski enthusiasts in 1973, NBS first held its National Ski Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1975. Since then, the organization has expanded to more than 60 local ski clubs across the country with more than 3,000 members. …

This year’s festivities, held Feb 29-March 7, brought more than 600 members from 51 different clubs back to Sun Valley to honor 81-year-old Ben Finley and 83-year-old Arthur Clay, the organization’s founders, as they were inducted into the National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Then people started getting sick.

The Root has learned that dozens of winter sports enthusiasts who were in attendance at the NBS Black Ski Summit have also tested positive for coronavirus.

 
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  1. Neoconned says:

    Black folks in my neck of the woods don’t ski….

    Met an African-American dude though when i rode Amtrak from SLC to Denver who worked as a teacher in Long Beach California and he was on his way to Colorado for an extended ski trip. Older guy in his 50s but 1 of the cooler guys I’ve ever met.

    • Replies: @indocon
  2. Friendly reminder that Wuhan Flu is a nothing burger being hyped by the liberal media to generte hysteria to crash the economy to try to hurt Trump’s relection.

    Compare with Sars during Obama.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  3. unit472 says:

    Lots of white women on the slopes but you can’t meet them if you don’t ski, ergo negroes on skis. Its the same with boating only when you leave the tiki bar any stray negro can be left at the bar as boats aren’t heading back to the ‘hood’!

    • Replies: @Stealth
  4. El Dato says:

    winter athletes of color

    It’s like in one of those videogames where you can select the camouflage.

    I will take night blue, tiger stripes, no digital.

    • Replies: @Paleoconn
  5. Lot says:

    My prediction early on was cold climate blacks will do especially bad with CV.

    No way to tell so far, just anecdotes about the elites who can get tests.

    But most black actors live in warm metro LA (or the Tyler Perry Atlanta cluster) but the famous one who got it is a London resident.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @Paul Mendez
  6. @Lot

    Well, one thing this proves conclusively that WuhanFlu is a racist virus.

  7. https://deadspin.com/bill-o-brien-s-alleged-comments-to-deandre-hopkins-high-1842400971

    Bill O’Brien’s Alleged Comments to DeAndre Hopkins Highlight How The Term ‘Baby Mama’ Has Been Associated With Only One Race

    Because only one race coined and uses that ridiculous term?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. Anon[804] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Anon
  9. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @LaserBaker

    Bastards.

  10. @Lot

    From what I’ve read, science has known for a long time that Coronaviruses (coronavirii?) in general attach to the ACE2 enzyme. Asians have the most ACE2, followed by Amerindians, followed by blacks. Really white people like the Finns have the least.

    Men have more ACE2 than women. The WuFlu is slightly more deadly for men.

    Interestingly, NSAIDs and certain blood pressure, heart and diabetes medications boost ACE2 levels. I’ve been wondering whether the WuFlu isn’t so much targeting elderly people with underlying health problems so much as it is targeting elderly people who take medications for their underlying health problems.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @epebble
    , @Colin Wright
  11. Anon[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    So random, so awesome.

  12. Corvinus says:

    “There hasn’t been much in the news about blacks with coronavirus…”

    Here is something to chew on.

    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/03/24/milwaukee-coronavirus-cases-majority-middle-aged-african-american-men/2904634001/

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  13. epebble says:
    @Paul Mendez

    But most positives and deaths are now in Italy and soon the chart will have Spain and may be France, USA … Not sure where to put Iran; Asian or “Really white”?

    South Asia (Asian), South America (Amerindian), Africa (black + not “Really white”): All put together: zero ( + statistical noise)

    Covid disproves everything you think you know or say: Be careful!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  14. camaraderie and revelry (and, in all likelihood, a few spades games)

    The Root can talk like this, but you can’t.

    Note that they left out the apostrophe, which should follow the word. Their proofreading budget must be rather niggardly.

    • Replies: @PaceLaw
  15. Dissident says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Friendly reminder that Wuhan Flu is a nothing burger being hyped by the liberal media to generte [sic] hysteria to crash the economy to try to hurt Trump’s relection [sic].

    Tell that to all the exhausted, overworked physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who are heroically trying to do the best they can under increasingly impossible circumstances as they witness the system become overwhelmed by a relentless, ever-increasing flood of COVID-19 victims. (I hope Twinkie and any others here who may be on the front lines can chime-in here.)

    Or perhaps you would tell us what we are seeing are nothing more than crisis actors and/or holograms? Do you maintain that the moon landing was faked too? 9/11? The Holocaust?

  16. I don’t ski, but I do a lot of winter mountaineering. Snot all over the place. When you’re out for twelve hours in below freezing weather, your nose is gonna run like a faucet, get all over your gloves and lips and sleeves. Respiratory disease galore.

    //OT, but I’m glad Steve is washing his hands fastidiously and works from home as a general rule. After my parents, he’s the one boomer I don’t want to lose.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Ganderson
  17. DaKine says:

    I went to Whistler years ago when their group was there, never seen so many blacks on skis, or almost any up there really.

    Finally rode up a chair with a nice black guy… “hey is there some kind of event?” Got the whole story, they go somewhere almost every weekend in winter. This was MLK weekend, big one.

    Snappy dressers… picture the ski outfits from Dumb and Dumber, but a bit classier.

    Has the NYT attacked the unbearable whiteness of skiing? Perhaps only in context of Olympics? Probably because skiers and snowboarders are cool people. We don’t need all this depersonalizing and stigmatizing hate from Steve! Problematic!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  18. indocon says:
    @Neoconned

    Amtrak ride from SLC to Denver has to be one of the prettiest I imagine. Does it fall on the same road as I 80/I 25?

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Neoconned
  19. What a bunch of racists.

  20. Anon87 says:
    @Dissident

    As opposed to every other day in the emergency room, which is stress free and has an empty waiting room? I appreciate what they do, but I’m sure every day sucks.

    And Steve your headline is wrong. It should be, “Black ski group hit hardEST by virus”.

  21. Anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @Seth Largo

    Awesome and likewise! I just did La Plata Peak and it was dicey due to the recent, heavy snow. I’m planning to get back into the Horn Fork Basin and Mount Harvard in the upcoming weeks as nobody will be back there at this time of the year and it’s almost mountain lion season. We have some big cats lurking around that are in excess of 500 lbs. I’ve been tracking a monster and hope to bag it this season. Cougar venison is healthy and delicious — plus I make hats out of the hides!

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  22. Anonymous[284] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Interesting. As Steve has pointed out many times in the past, Milwaukee blacks seems to register at the bottom of every measure of public well being that exists – AIDS infection rates, educational attainment, rates of incarceration, welfare dependency, etc. What is the story there?
    BTW – I am a liberal.

  23. There’s been a lot of indignation (and rightly so) about the many white dipshits partying on the beaches. But not so much about the many black dipshits playing basketball in city parks in almost every big city as the weather warms up.

  24. Wait – so there’s a group that uses black skis? What’s the big deal with that?

  25. @DaKine

    As a Swiss-American of sorts, I approve of skiing. It just turned out unfortunate in this case.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  26. @Anon87

    I used to work in city emergency rooms — day shifts mostly, so I rarely got to meet the troupes of Basketball-American gunshot victims who tend to visit us at night.

    A quick back-of-the-envelope metric, for a civilian at least, to estimate the impact of Coronavirus judging from daytime ER intake…

    In a normal, non-crisis mode, here is the population of a typical daytime ER waiting room: Latinos, y Latinos, y Latinos, y mas Latinos, y Latinos y Latinos, con muchos, muchos, muchos ninos. With some elderly White and Black folks, a few White weird-accident victims, and also Arabs and Hindus and other mystery meat.

    Third Worlders bring their ninos to the ER with a sore throat, negroes come in at night for après-gunplay, and White people wait and go to their own doctor unless they accidentally sliced their thumb off while fixing the prime rib.

    IOW, if you see a more literally “diverse” ER population, rather than just Third Worlders, that might indicate a stronger covid-19 impact. If you just see Latinos y sus ninos, then it’s business as usual and we tanked our economy so that Trump could be brought low.

    • Replies: @George
    , @Anon87
    , @PaceLaw
  27. @indocon

    Amtrak ride from SLC to Denver has to be one of the prettiest I imagine. Does it fall on the same road as I 80/I 25?

    Are you kidding. They’re trying to sell tickets. No one would take it if it was on I-80. That’s the easiest of the drives–more or less why the Oregon trail route was up in Wyoming as well, followed by the UP mainline–but much more boring.

    No, from the Denver side it’s the tunnel to WinterPark, then north toward the back side of Rocky Mtn Nat. Park, then it loops down to I-70 for the scenic run through Glenwood Canyon and is more or less along I-70 until Green River where it more or less follows US 6 over the mountains to Provo.

    I’ve only driven 6 once, but interesting to see the work done to get a grade over the mountains–it’s in view quite a bit on the east slope. There’s a little town on the east side–Helper–where presumably they had to add helper engines. And the work getting both the train and later the highway through the Glenwood Canyon is impressive. In a few sections, just sort of hanging the highway above the Colorado and/or the tracks.

    I suppose the train trip is nice. But the freedom of a car, where you can pull over roadside for a view, a picnic, a hike … hard to beat. And now … “social distancing” as well. It’s plague preferred transportation!

    • Replies: @Anon
  28. Twinkie says:
    @Dissident

    I hope Twinkie and any others here who may be on the front lines can chime-in here.

    I am not. I am merely on the board of a healthcare system. I’m a suit. My wife, though, is the head of a healthcare facility that is on an emergency footing (all elective cases cancelled, supplies being prepared, rotation schedules beefed up, non-essential personnel on leave, etc.).

    To get a view from a respiratory therapist about Covid-19, read this:

    https://www.propublica.org/article/a-medical-worker-describes%E2%80%93terrifying-lung-failure-from-covid19-even-in-his-young-patients

    A lot of docs and nurses are terrified of contracting it and bringing it back to their families.

    • Thanks: Dissident
    • Replies: @vhrm
  29. @dude

    The St Johns player was a retired police officer. He contracted the virus while working as a DJ.

    DJ Black N Mild a black man from New Orleans died from Covid 19. https://www.nola.com/content/tncms/live

    DJ Webster a black man (NYC?) tested positive.

    DJ Kombat a white man from Cincinnati tested positive.

    Don Morrison a white Iowa City/Cedar Rapids DJ tested positive.

  30. vhrm says:
    @Twinkie

    I’m curious, with all that stuff cancelled, are hospitals (outside of NYC) actually crowded/ stressed yet?

    Im not trying to be difficult but all the pronouncements i see are about total beds and projected shortages at peak, but nothing about current cares, current occupancy etc.

    According to the exponential growth, flattening the curve etc this is supposed to be the “calm before the storm” but it’s hard to get a realtime picture… about what’s happening currently rather than statements about what will happen when SHTF.

    • Replies: @botazefa
  31. Neoconned says:
    @indocon

    AnotherDad explained the various roads it goes near but yeah….incredible views. I did it in….July i think and loved it. For a large part of the trip you follow the Colorado River….

    If i may add some other trips: Amtraks Pacific Surfliner from LA to the Bay Area…..follows California and its rugged coast…..then the Coast Starlight train from Bay Area to Portland….

    Then the Cascades train from say Portland to Vancouver Canada….great views of the Washington coast….

    Then Greyhound from Portland toBoise Idaho….ride adjacent to the Columbia River….and last Greyhound from Boise to SLC…..see the Utah Wasatch Mountains…..beautiful….

  32. George says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    I sort of wonder why there isn’t more reporting about the situations in ERs across the country. I see a few videos coming out of Spain and Italy. I would think there would be constant ER coverage. From personal experience as a patient or accompanying a patient I can tell you you in the NYC area the ERs were always chaotic, and the suburbs were chaotic on a sporadic basis.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  33. @epebble

    You’ll notice that for decades I’ve been sounding the alarm about The Skier Menace to public health.

    … Well, okay … now, that I think about it, I never once thought before a few weeks ago that skiers would be our downfall … As recently as February 9, 2020, I was saluting Dave McCoy, the founder of the Mammoth Mountain ski resort for living to 104 in an exemplary life:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/dave-mccoy-104-declared-winner-at-life/

    So, I sure never saw it coming.

  34. An old joke:

    Q: Why don’t you see any black skiers?
    A: Their lips would expode at 10,000 feet.

    Steve, let this one through…

  35. Stealth says:
    @unit472

    The same is true of young black men at coffee shops. If you see a thuggish one sitting by himself in a Starbucks, for instance, that’s probably why he’s there. Some will wait until no one is around and then work on the barristas.

    • Replies: @Anon
  36. @Dissident

    “Sars”. I meant Swine Flu.

    Tell that to all the exhausted, overworked physicians, nurses, paramedics and others

    The media didn’t freak out over Swine Flu during Obama when things were much worse than now.

    From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases … 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths … in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.

    Or perhaps you would tell us what we are seeing are nothing more than crisis actors and/or holograms?

    There are cases where people dying of one thing, including even heart attacks, who happen to have Covid and they are counted when this would not be the standard procedure if it was the common flu.

    Crisis actors: I am a little suspicious of Tom Hanks, the Never Trumper.

    Do you maintain that the moon landing was faked too? 9/11? The Holocaust?

    I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  37. @George

    I would also like to see some actual footage of all these ICUs that are flooded with Corona patients.

    It’s the least the (((media))) can do if they’re going to act like I’m passing by bodies stacked up like cord wood on my walk to the grocery store.

  38. botazefa says:
    @vhrm

    Agree. The media isn’t reporting hospital census, which is weird because hospitals update the counts regularly.

    MSM is really failing us – I suppose the reason is that the Internet wiped-out actual journalism in the warly 00’s

  39. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Here’s a Swiss guy with a possible little project for ski enthusiasts during lockdown:

  40. Anon87 says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Thanks for the input.

    Could you provide a rough geographic location of where this was? I’m guessing the Southwest??

  41. Paleoconn says:
    @El Dato

    In my spare time, I like to play with the newspeak for kicks. Examples: painters of color, color-blind people of color, rainbow-lovers of color, Pantone/Crayola employees of color, black&white photographers of color, and so on.

    By the way, that comment about playing a few spade games…a journalist of non-color could not get away with that.

  42. @Anon

    We have some big cats lurking around that are in excess of 500 lbs. I’ve been tracking a monster and hope to bag it this season.

    The largest cougar ever recorded was 232 pounds, so this is complete BS.

    • Replies: @Anon
  43. @Paul Mendez

    ‘Interestingly, NSAIDs and certain blood pressure, heart and diabetes medications boost ACE2 levels. I’ve been wondering whether the WuFlu isn’t so much targeting elderly people with underlying health problems so much as it is targeting elderly people who take medications for their underlying health problems.’

    Obviously, this is not statistically conclusive, but I’m sixty one and had a major heart attack four years ago, so I’m on what’s probably the usual array of heart medications: Lisinopril, Metoprolol, Atorvastatin.

    I think I caught the virus a week or so back. Very slight rasp in my chest, 99 degree ‘fever.’ Nothing to even notice really –but my guess is I’d test positive.

    So in my case at least, the medications I’ve been taking apparently haven’t made me especially vulnerable.

    • Replies: @anon
  44. PaceLaw says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ah, I see what you did there! You are a clever one.
    Well played!

  45. PaceLaw says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    “Basketball Americans”???
    “Latinos y Latinos, con muchos, muchos, muchos ninos.”

    Hilarious!!!

    It is for fine bon mots such as these that I keep coming back to this site. It is so refreshing to have frank assessments in non-politically correct terms.

  46. Anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    Are you kidding. They’re trying to sell tickets. No one would take it if it was on I-80. That’s the easiest of the drives–more or less why the Oregon trail route was up in Wyoming as well, followed by the UP mainline–but much more boring.

    I live in the High Rockies region of Colorado and have spent significant time traveling to Utah and Wyoming. Yes, I-80 is the easiest route to SLC. Once you get past Fort Collins it’s smooth sailing, unless you hit weather – with the worst often in the Medicine Bow National Forest region shortly before Laramie, near Elk Mountain, Rawlins, and then after you leave Evanston (last town in WY before crossing into UT) and start descending the steep pass into the Wasatch Mountains. I find this drive to be stunningly beautiful after a fresh snow and even enjoyable during a blizzard as I gravitate towards extreme environments. My most memorable experience, from an enjoyment perspective and not a rush, was leaving Boulder around daybreak and turning onto I-80 West at Cheyenne only to witness a blanket of fresh powder covering the plains with Elk Mountain in the background as the sun was rising. It was stunning.

    I’ve only driven 6 once, but interesting to see the work done to get a grade over the mountains–it’s in view quite a bit on the east slope. There’s a little town on the east side–Helper–where presumably they had to add helper engines.

    Route 6 through Price Canyon and into Provo is a drive that I’d highly recommend. I’m quite familiar with this route myself, and there’s a lone gas station atop the mountain after you drive up through the canyon, which I believe is considered to be Helper. During the fall, this gas station will often have a lot of fresh elk jerky in addition to a guy who sells it from his truck outside in the parking lot. It’s delicious and something worth checking out if you drive through in the fall during elk season. This is an adventurous drive and can be deadly. Make sure that you have a full tank of gas and water on board once you leave Grand Junction. There’s a long stretch of nothing once you turn onto Route 6 from I-70 West near Moab. I know from personal experience as back in 2014-ish, I ran out of gas in a remote area before Price Canyon and was stranded for hours before receiving assistance. It was during the summer and the temperature was around 100 and there was no shade. Fortunately, I was prepared as I had plenty of water and survival gear – and just a marathon short of the next gas station in Utah. But I didn’t know the distance for certain until a tow truck driver came to help me with gas.

    I suppose the train trip is nice. But the freedom of a car, where you can pull over roadside for a view, a picnic, a hike … hard to beat. And now … “social distancing” as well. It’s plague preferred transportation!

    I couldn’t agree more. Glenwood Canyon is amazing and there are plenty of scenic areas to pull off where you can hike, camp, fish, bike, climb and much more. I love taking I-70 West and Route 6 West into the Wasatch Mountains, SLC, and Park City.

  47. Anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @kaganovitch

    The largest cougar ever recorded was 232 pounds, so this is complete BS.

    No, this is incorrect and the largest cougar ever recorded was significantly larger.

    I’ve personally flushed one that was in the ballpark of 200-pounds at treeline and up into the bowl of South Massive on Mount Massive in May 2014. While climbing Mount Massive on election day 2016, I stumbled upon some fresh cougar prints in the dusting of snow that fell during the night and the size of those prints indicated a cougar north of 200 pounds — likely the same one that devoured a black bear high up in a pine tree earlier in the fall near Twin Lakes.

  48. Anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stealth

    There’s a lot of truth to this statement. Occasionally I’ll see a Black at one of the independent coffee shops that I visit while traveling throughout the Mountain West, but usually these sittings are limited to coffee shops in resort towns such as Avon or Vail, where the Blacks are looking to bag some “Whitetail”.

  49. anon[101] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    Be careful with that conclusion, or at least, consider it tentative. The case histories I’ve read (anecdotes in the press) suggest that the big complications come later than that, and can come on fast, often after the patient apparently “gets well” for a few days. Here’s an example: a Brit living in Wuhan who caught it in mid-November — surprisingly early, but eventually confirmed by a test by his hospital there: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8075633/First-British-victim-25-describes-coronavirus.html

  50. Dissident says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    To point-out or suggest bias, hypocrisy, double-standards, conflicts-of-interest, or malfeasance (whether suspected, apparent, or proven) on the part of the media (and other anti-Trump forces)? Entirely reasonable (and, in many cases at least, would appear to be quite warranted).

    To question the methodology used in arriving at the statistics that are reported, and their accuracy? Ditto.

    To state categorically and without qualification, as you did, that, “Wuhan Flu is a nothing burger being hyped by the liberal media”? That is gross hyperbole that flies in the face of reality.

    As for the CDC figures for the 2009-2010 H1N1 Swine Flu virus that you cited, note that they are for a period of a year. How long has it been now since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the United States? Let’s come back in a year…

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