The US surgeon general told Black people to remain inside during the quarantine - and he told them to "do it for your big mama." That comment has gone viral and has made the Republican doctor a bit of a laughing stock on Twitter, MTO News has learned.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams —who is a long-time Republican and Trump supporter— pleaded with the African-American community on Friday to follow the government's guidelines to "slow the spread' of the coronavirus." According to recent reports, African American and Latino communities are being disproportionately hit by the pandemic.
The Black Trump appointee spoke directly to Black people during his press conference, saying, 'We need you to do this if not for yourself than for your Abuela. Do it for your granddaddy, do it for your big momma, do it for your poppop.'
The nation's top doctor deliberately used slang words, commonly used in Black communities, and later justified his use of "ebonics."
Jerome Adams also told Blacks during the press conference that "there is nothing inherently wrong with you." But he added that 'social ills' are likely a contributing factor when looking at the dire statistics that the outbreak has killed twice as many Americans of color.
Here's Jerome's wife:
V host and actress Claudia Jordan took to Twitter to express her outrage at Adams' comments.
'The surgeon general telling black folks not to drink and smoke and do it for ya "paa paa and big momma". Where they get this guy from? How dumb do they think we are with this? How bout suggesting that EVERYONE cut back? Let's not do that ok?' Jordan said.
One man on Twitter, David DeLoatch, said: 'Let me tell a lot of you something, we don't talk the way movies, songs, and the media portrays us. The Surgeon General is trying to relate to a life he never lived, listen to his voice and they way he speaks. He has never called anyone "big momma," and neither have I.'