The writer for a Financial Post article about truckers in the time of coronavirus is being bashed online because the framing of the article is pretty elitist.
‘From nobodies to essential workers:’ Truckers now key to getting goods on empty shelves in the coronavirus crisis https://t.co/koxHuGuS1P
— National Post (@nationalpost) March 29, 2020
Now, to be fair to her, the headline is a quote, and it is from a trucker who felt underappreciated:
“We went from being nobodies to essential workers,” said Chad Montgomery, also a driver with Challenger Motor Freight. “I’ve never felt appreciated in my job until now. A lot of people don’t realize it takes a truck to get stuff on shelves. If it wasn’t for a truck driver, you would have nothing.”
But, that is not how people are taking it:
@VanmalaS Terrible headline. Whoever put it up maybe should have read it first to realize how it would look and sound. I hope that someone was not you but whoever it was,not very classy at all.Shame on them. https://t.co/qK17sKgzRf
— Karol Grant (@Northerndrums) March 29, 2020
Really.’From nobodies to essential workers.’You couldn’t come up with anything better to call this article. You are praising the truckers and calling them nobodies at the same time.A lot ofthese guys have higher education and this might be their second career.Don’t stereotype.
— Bart Wojciechowski (@bartwojci) March 29, 2020
@VanmalaS should be thanking her lucky stars that truckers are still out there doing everything they can to make this pandemic easier for the rest of us. I think @VanmalaS and @nationpost need to formally apologize to these heros and stop being assholes.
— scarlogo (@scarlogo) March 29, 2020
Article by @VanmalaS
The people who transport our food were NEVER “nobodies.” They were ALWAYS some of the most important HUMAN BEINGS in your life. They are the reason you have milk, eggs, cereal, and coffee in the morning! https://t.co/HgK3ICMBni
— Star Trek: Krennic (@BeingKrennic) March 29, 2020
Again, to be fair to her, the entire article is about people suddenly becoming aware of how dependent our society is on truckers:
He’s also had offers from strangers — upon becoming aware that truck stops have closed down — to eat and freshen up in their homes.
“That kind of appreciation is touching,” Baird said. “I’ve been doing this for 39 years, and my father did this for 54 years. All I ask is to when you see us at a rest stop, say hi, buy us a coffee maybe, know that we care about our jobs and just want to get your stuff to you.”
BUT, on the other hand, read this sentence, and the key word “become”:
Indeed, truckers have become the key cog in the supply chain as grocery stores empty out and hospitals and pharmacies have an ever-increasing need for supplies such as soap, sanitizer, masks, ventilators, and basic flu medication.
Become? Er. NO, they have ALWAYS BEEN the key cog in our supply chain! LOL!
I don’t think this is as egregious as some are making it out to be, but it proves her point – too many people have been incredibly dependent on the work of truckers and others, and they’re all of a sudden finding out about it. Maybe they should have been more appreciative before…
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Well now y’all have an open thread. Here’s some comment fodder to discuss:
Weekly deaths in the US down by 7,000 – 10,000 for the week ending March 7 2020! Silver lining with people changing their behaviors during COVID-19? Raw weekly death numbers taken from @CDCgov: pic.twitter.com/Y7tzG5TSTU
— Siddhartha Sanghi (@SidSanghi) March 29, 2020
So the economy is crashing, but deaths in general are way down. Sheesh, what are you people doing out there normally?
“How’s nationwide self-quarantine going?”pic.twitter.com/E4BMsyLCOR
— Daniel Collins (@danielc4liberty) March 29, 2020
This little girl handled herself pretty well…I see a future cheerleader! pic.twitter.com/1A2ocWLjQp
— ℜ (@RMata0312) March 29, 2020
AOC will still not be happy:
Remember this? This new mask converts bovine belches to water and carbon dioxide to reduce harmful methane emissions pic.twitter.com/YEebWZByoV
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 29, 2020
And el Scoopy always gives you a dodo post, so here it is:
This dog runs out to greet his mailman every single day ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aFO5Sez9a7
— The Dodo (@dodo) March 29, 2020
Uh-dorable. Take care, and wash your hands!