Skip to content

Kansas official: Pandemic isn’t a problem here because there are few Chinese people

Marvin Rodriguez (R)

Nope. The title of this post does not have a typo or any error at all. It is 100% correct. According to the Kansas City Star:

The chairman of the Riley County Commissioners suggested this week that the global coronavirus pandemic is not a problem locally because unlike in Italy, there are not a lot of Chinese people living in central Kansas, according to two other officials who attended the meeting Wednesday night.

Usha Reddi, the mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, went to the meeting … [and] what she heard from the chairman, Republican Marvin Rodriguez, was this: “I’m paraphrasing, but he said we don’t have a problem here because Italy has a lot of Chinese people, and we don’t have that problem here.”

Reached by phone, Rodriguez told The Star Editorial Board, “I didn’t necessarily say it like that.” So how did he say it? “Italy has a problem with its health department, first. It’s health (sic) for everybody. I have a friend in the Navy, and he said in that area” of Northern Italy where that country’s first cases were reported, “there’s a garment industry and a lot of Chinese. If we were like Italy, we’d have it already.”

Rodriguez’s explanation really is not much better than what Usha Reddi is saying he said. She just put it in more direct terms.

I weep for our future.


  1. Misogynists don’t like women. Xenophobes don’t like foreigners. What’s it called when you don’t like stupid people? I’m one of those.

  2. Dunno if your contact form worked…kept fighting me over url. Wanted to let you know this link will be coming up on my site overnight…2 AM…ready for early risers.



Go ahead... I can hear your thoughts. Please share with the rest!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: