When Swine Flu Hits South Los Angeles

swine-fluFirst to the haters–No, I don’t have it…yet, anyway. And if I did I wouldn’t tell you and give you a reason to finally get that black dress out of the cleaners.

Moving on…

Mark my words…at some point this Swine Flu will hit South Los Angeles—and there ain’t a damn thing we can do about it.

And for those that live in L.A., they know exactly what I am talking about.

I just had to get that off my chest after over hearing conversation after conversation today about the Swine Flu and what people are and aren’t going to do.

Reality check…if you live in Los Angeles about the only you can do is sit back and wait for it to hit and say a prayer, chant, or whatever it is that you do and hope that it doesn’t affect you or yours.

As for me, I’m just chillin’. No need to go out and buy masks or gloves. Like that’s really going to do a damn thing if it came down to it. Although I do think, it’s kind of ironic that Americans are willing to rush out and buy masks to wear to fend off the Swine Flu or stop eating pork (even though you can’t get it by eating pork), but won’t do the same with condoms to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS or put the piece of bacon or neckbone down because they’re a heatbeat away from Type 2 Diabetes or a congestive heart failure. Now, why is that? Just a thought.

It’s also interesting listening to Conservatives blame Mexico, as if, once again, Mexico is the source of all that ails California and America. If you closed the borders today and not another Mexican came to the U.S., the Swine Flu would still be an issue–as would the failing economy, health care system, and Black-on-Black crime.

And being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I think one of two things are going on here.

jasmyne_cannick_2Either this is something that our government created and it went awry and or something much bigger and sinister is happening while our attention and focus is elsewhere.

Wait—wasn’t there a movie about something similar to this? Oh yes—V for Vendetta one of my all time favorite movies.

Does this make me crazy?

Jasmyne Cannick

Jasmyne Cannick, is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, and politics as it relates to the African-American community. A regular contributor to NPR’s ‘News and Notes,’ she was chosen as one Essence Magazine’s 25 Women Shaping the World.

Reprinted with permission from JasmyneCannick.com


  1. says

    Whatever the case I just want to make clear that there were several free Swine flu vaccination clinics advertised and available throughout the South Los Angeles community. I know, cause I volunteered at two of them.

    People of all races and all walks—people from OTHER neighborhoods showed up to get shots. Get who didn’t? The immediate African American population. A cryin’ shame. Couldn’t get the people to come and get a FREE shot. I’m African American. Some of my own family members refused to come get a vaccination when I called them from a clinic while volunteering.

    So, whether it’s a conspiracy or not I know that quite a few people who’ll get hit with the swine flu in our community at some point—-didn’t have to get sick at all.

    Derrick Mathis, Coordinator
    Restore Equality Now~West Adams/Los Angeles South

  2. Timeparticle says

    Ms. Cannick, your concerns are in the lines of reason. Bioengineering was used to alter virus over 20 years ago. In 1986, Science News released an article on how genetically altered microorganisms were used as viral vaccines and given to pigs on an Illinois farm. The pigs were released into the open market. As far back as 1981, Genentech Inc, spliced a gene in the Foot-and-mouth virus with E. coli bacterium for a vaccine against that disease.
    Biological engineering has advanced much since then. It should not be difficult to make the leap that a drug company might combine viruses together through gene manipulation, then create a vaccine for that new virus for future profits….

    The Baxter drug company obtained a patent on the swine flu one year before it was in existence.
    Here is part of the patent information and Baxter are nothing if not prepared for this ’swine flu’ outbreak if the wording in this 2008 US patent application is anything to go by:

    “In particular preferred embodiments the composition or vaccine comprises more than one antigen…..such as
    influenza A and influenza B in particular selected from of one or more of the human H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, H7N7, H1N2,H9N2, H7N2, H7N3, H10N7 subtypes, of the pig flu H1N1,
    H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2 subtypes, of the dog or horse flu H7N7,
    H3N8 subtypes or of the avian H5N1, H7N2, H1N7, H7N3,
    H13N6, H5N9, H11N6, H3N8, H9N2, H5N2, H4N8, H10N7, H2N2,
    H8N4, H14N5, H6N5, H12N5 subtypes.”

    “Suitable adjuvants can be selected from mineral gels,
    aluminum hydroxide, surface active substances, lysolecithin,
    pluronic polyols, polyanions or oil emulsions such as water in
    oil or oil in water, or a combination thereof. Of course the
    selection of the adjuvant depends on the intended use.
    E.g. toxicity may depend on the destined subject organism
    and can vary from no toxicity to high toxicity.”

    The addition of Formaldehyde and UV irradiation methods in swine flu vaccine
    **** Baxter Patent filed in 2008.

    Should we be afraid of the virus, or big pharma….

  3. Don Tosaw says

    If you look at the history of infuenza as a human disease over the course of the past century and also study the ecology of influenza viruses, you would realize that flu viruses are a part of nature and that flu pandemics occur naturally. Birds are the primary natural reservoir of influenza viruses and they can infect a large number of mammalian species, including pigs, cats, dogs, horses and whales. The genetic makeup of influenza viruses makes it very easy for them to change genetically, either slowly over time (antigenic drift) or rabidly (antigenic shift). Because there are animal reservoirs of the virus and because it can mutate so easily, means it can never be eliminated, only controlled.

    The worst flu pandemic we know about is the 1918-1919 pandemic, in which at least 20 million people died. The most common figure cited is 50 million world-wide. Some say as many as 100 million. This was before science even knew about viruses. At the time, scientists thought it must be caused by bacteria.

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