SG Adams Fires Back After Reporter Suggests He’s Using Words That May Be ‘Offensive’ To Minorities

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On Friday during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams fired back at PBS Newshour White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, after she suggested that Adams was using “language” that may be “offensive” to minorities.

Adams had said earlier during the briefing that people should consider their at-risk family members when determining which precautions to take with regard to coronavirus, saying, “Do it for your Abuela, do it for your Grandaddy, do it for your Big Momma, do it for your Pop-Pop.”

“Quick question for you: you said African Americans and Latinos should avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. You also said do it for your Abuela, and Big Momma, and Pop-Pop. There’s some people online that are already offended by that language and the idea that you’re saying behaviors might be leading to these high death rates. Can you talk about whether or not people– I guess, have a response for people that might be offended by the language that you used?” Yamiche Alcindor asked the Surgeon General.

“I used the language that is used in my family,” Jerome Adams fired back. “I have a Puerto Rican brother-in-law. I call my Granddaddy, ‘Granddaddy’. I have relatives, who their grandparents ‘Big Momma’. That was not meant to be offensive. That’s the language that we use and that I use.”

“We need to continue to target our outreach to those communities. It is critically important that they understand it’s not just about them. And I was very clear about that. It’s not just about what you do, but you also are not helpless,” he continued.

Adams went on to explain that the guidelines and advice are meant for everyone. “We need everyone, black, brown, white, whatever color you are to follow the president’s guidelines, the Coronavirus guidelines. When I talked to the NAACP, three weeks ago, it’s important to note one of the things they asked me is can you help dispel the myths in the community that people actually can’t get Coronavirus if they are black? That was a myth that was actually very important for us to squash here,” Adams said. Video Below


U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Yamiche Alcindor’s exchange:

Yamiche Alcindor tweeted:

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GOP rapid response director, Steve Guest, wondered:

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