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Kat’s Blog: The Hypocrisy of Society

By now we are all on coronavirus overload. It’s a serious pandemic.  We hear about it all day long, watch newscasts of cruise ships that are forbidden from docking, parked out in the ocean, passengers awaiting clearance or confinement. Citizens around the world are wearing face masks and hand sanitizer is selling for $200 a bottle on eBay. There’s a new danger in our communities and society is in panic mode.

Daily we are bombarded with scary words that put fear in all of us, infection, isolation, segregation, self-quarantine, containment and contagion.

Italy has 63 million of their citizens self-isolating. In this country we’ve set up a one- mile perimeter around a New York suburb in an effort to contain the virus. Citizens are urged not to congregate, schools, businesses and churches are closing, seniors are encouraged to stay home. We’ve stopped shaking hands, hugging, making human contact.  We are running scared from a virus we may or may not have and we’re beginning to fear those around us that exhibit a simple cough or a sniffle.

If the medical professionals have it correct, you may carry the virus and not show symptoms, you may have the virus and exhibit minor symptoms or you may have the full-blown virus and require serious treatment.

What’s any of this have to do with registrants?

As it turns out, most people in our society don’t like being told where they can go or what they can do. They don’t appreciate being confined to their homes or neighborhoods, even when it’s out of “an abundance of caution,” for themselves and for others.  When you’re not a danger to society, as in those not infected with the virus, you don’t want the government putting limits on your activities. We’re just beginning to hear about those on self-quarantine who exited their home “just to go to a quick business meeting or some other function”. Their rational, they weren’t sick, maybe they’d been in contact with someone with the virus, but they were fine, they weren’t a danger to anyone.

One TV interviewee likened his quarantine to “being in a jail cell, being in prison.” He has the virus so containment is understandable. But others, those not infected, it’s becoming apparent they’re none too happy about their self-quarantine as time goes on. Two weeks doesn’t initially sound like much, but after a week cooped- up in the house, not being able to go to work because you were in contact with someone now infected, your patience begins to wear thin. The comments, “I’m not a danger to anyone, why should these rules apply to me?” are beginning to seep out.

Long before the coronavirus reared its ugly head, registrants have had to endure being treated as though they were lepers. For years, they have withstood the registry, government sanctioned isolation, containment and fear by the public. They have been relegated to the outskirts of towns, the fringes of society and forbidden from entering shelters during storms. No one cared whether the registrant was in fact a danger, they were all treated as if they were violent, dangerous, predators and were told where they could live, work, play and who they could be around. According to our government and law enforcement, these restrictions were put on all registrants “out of an abundance of caution” and for the safety of the public.

Today the world is being forced to live with many of the same kind of day to day restrictions that registrants live with every day. All of a sudden, the general public’s world has become much smaller, you don’t have the freedom to travel, you’re forced to remain within certain areas, there’s certain events you can no longer freely enjoy. You’re being forced to stay away from places where people tend to congregate, you may be denied contact with family and friends. Whether you have the virus or not, you may be treated as if you are a potential danger to others. Registrants know that feeling all too well.

Most registrants were never a danger to society, but they’ve been forced to live as if they were, as if they were infected with a virus that no one wanted to contract.

In the past, the general public didn’t seem to mind the restraints on registrants, the attitude was seemingly “they’re all the same, the more rules the better.” But now, when similar restraints are placed on the public, out of an abundance of caution for the public’s safety, well, there seems to be the slightest beginnings of dissention amongst the troops.

We are learning from this pandemic, the general public doesn’t particularly like being singled out, having fingers pointed at us or our families, we don’t want to be ostracized, or labeled “a danger” to society, especially if we’re not contagious. Sound familiar?

We are a society of hypocrisy.

Join the discussion

  1. Eric

    Yes, this is classic, everybody is getting just a small dose of what it is like to be o the registry. But I am waiting for the first low IQ politician to somehow exclude people on the registry from something. Maybe we aren’t worthy of hand sanitizer, or we aren’t allowed to get tested, that maybe we should have a leper corona colony where we can all just go suffer and wither away so as not to risk the other reputable people of society.

    • M C

      @ERIC,

      What do you think will happen if you were to end up in a hospital from Covid-19 with all the hospital bans on sex offenders?

      • TS

        @M C

        To add what you wrote: What will happen to the person forced to register who is forced to stay in a hospital (whether in their home town or on vacation) during virus treatment and triggers the change of address part of the statute but cannot do it and LE & DA decide to arrest and press FTR charges? This is all to common with those who have extended hospital stays from situations beyond their control. Will the judge toss it out of compassion or humanity at this time? If one does, then will that be used for others?

        Just something to think on and add to the discussion…

        • TS

          Follow up – Who’ll be the first medical professional who follows the Hippocratic oath to allow prolonged virus treatment of a person forced to register in their med facility and defy registration law?

    • Worried in Wisconsin

      Already in place…

      Some of the relief funding is going to be handled by the SBA. For the most part, registered persons and companies owned by them are not permitted to receive loans from the SBA. I’m certain that they won’t be making any exceptions this time around.

    • JM

      In addition, They are still requiring those on probation to attend meetings in close quarters with no ventilation. If, in fact, someone is contagious it just might infect someone working in probation or whoever is teaching, or directing those meetings. This is after our CA. gov just ordered that those 65 and over STAY HOME. If anyone person in those mandated meetings is ill, those around them are at risk. Just because you are a 290, does not mean that you and those you love have no rights at ALL!

  2. 290 air

    I wonder how infected people would be treated if we had a major event like a hurricane? Would they be banned from shelters or would they create different shelters, one for those who were testing positive and one for those who weren’t?

    • Worried in Wisconsin

      In some jurisdictions, the only shelter made available to registered persons during natural disasters is the local jail. I would predict a similar type of response if something were needed for registered persons during a quarantine.

      • Love, peace, happiness

        Quarantine me all you want, either from a registry or of a virus. I’m staying put.

    • TS

      @290

      Why not? It would be like leprosy when people were shunned and forced to their own place. It will be then when people starting comparing situations, splitting hairs, and making excuses for each one, e.g. “well mine is for COVID-19 where yours is for being forced to register…two different things”.

  3. Facts should matter

    I get what you’re saying, and the irony is.. yes, Corvid-19 is the temporary, flavor-of-the-week boogeyman, but it will soon fade from people’s concerns and collective memories. Around that time the local Sheriffs will be “strongly encouraging” parents to consult their local registry before taking their children out to trick-or-treat using false science and emotional bias as their claims.

    Long after the Corona hysteria has died down, we’ll continue to be scape-goated and witch-hunted 24/7 in perpetuity as safety threats.

  4. JUST THE FACTS

    Just like ALL Registrants are essentially treated and looked-at being a serious public safety risk (no matter when or type of sexual offense that occurred).
    I’m worried about my health risk too.
    Sooooo….. the legislators and government better be creating a Registry for the World to see of anyone who’s infected or potentially infected (such as our Registry does no matter the threat level of registrant). I want to stay informed to protect myself and family (and yes…. for the children too).
    Oh……yes I also want Signs put in front of these peoples homes too …. so potential visitors know the risk of knocking.
    And Passports “marked” as an Infected-Risk and Green Notices Sent or saying person is likely coming to their Country to infect others.
    And so on …….

  5. Mp

    In deed they are.

  6. R M

    I, as a registrant for 18 years now for a crime I committed in 1996, have felt isolated and forced to be isolated. I was given the right to talk to, be with supervised, be with unsupervised, and eventually could even live with my “victim” many years ago through court action yet am still treated as a threat to society.

    Those across the world are now crying about being quarantined, isolated, etc. because of this virus which can be transmitted even before symptoms are shown.

    Other countries have taken drastic steps to identify and isolate those who have covid 19, even to the point of isolating an entire country; the USA has not. The USA has isolated and restricted those who MAY pose a danger to 1 million of it’s citizens. Fear is good yet fear is also manipulated for reasons other than actual threat to society.

  7. TS

    Then I recommend taking the analogy of what people are living like today underneath this virus atmosphere and using it for the greater good in the future.

  8. Facts should matter

    I’m personally offended by those being subjected to 14-day quarantines (self-isolation) complaining about being depressed and “singled out.” They’re only going through 5% of what we experience daily with no end in sight. They see light at the end of the tunnel after 2 weeks. It’s only temporary, whereas we’re denied hope and forced to “live with it.”

    Meanwhile, the registry continues to mutate like a virus that’s immune to logic, facts, and reason.

  9. Eric Knight

    Very powerful. Consider submitting it to various press editorial boards.

  10. Bill

    This is going to sound really corny but this scene from the movie Wreckit Ralph came to mind after I read this article:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ2MR3KD8NU

  11. Worried in Wisconsin

    In a slightly warped way, being on the registry might actually protect us from the Corvid-19 virus since our opportunities for interaction with the community are more limited than others.

    One of the catchphrases right now is “social distancing”. Welcome to our world.

    • Love, peace, and hapiness

      I’ve been isolated many years. Covid 19 go get em.

  12. kind of living

    very good article , needs to be even more strict to drive it home to the haters and witch hunters

  13. David

    Oops, I posted this in “General Comments”, but with a title of “America is a Sham”, it really belongs here:

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/coronavirus-tsa-liquid-purell-paid-leave-rules.html

    • Love, peace, and happiness

      This comment from the article says it all, “All over America, the coronavirus is revealing, or at least reminding us, just how much of contemporary American life is bullshit, with power structures built on punishment and fear as opposed to our best interest.”

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