May 1st, 2009
05:43 PM ET

Our common humanity

Jami Floyd
In Session anchor

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/01/swine-flu-mex-police.jpg caption="Mexican police stand guard wearing surgery masks in Mexico City "]

Conservatives are already starting to blame swine flu cases, here in the US, on Mexican immigrants. Of course, there is no evidence that Mexican immigrants, legal or otherwise, are responsible. But some conservative talking heads don’t care about the facts. The pundit pit is filled with folks who want to use the imminent flu pandemic to pander to the right; but they’d better be careful.

The evidence suggests that this virus started at a factory farm. Oh sure, it’s in Mexico; but it is owned by a U.S. company. There are a million pigs on the farm, at any given time. The conditions are deplorable, with huge lagoons of manure and rotting pig carcasses strewn about and swarms of flies feeding on the mess.

And flies carry influenza.


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