“Do It For Your Big Momma” – US Surgeon General Slammed For Telling Black Americans To Stop Drinking, Doing Drugs

Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who is African American, is under serious fire from all sides today after he appeared to single-out communities of color for not following President Trump’s coronavirus guidelines (after widespread liberal media coverage of the inequities of the virus’ impact on low income black and brown families).

Specifically, Adams told Americans of color that they need to “step up” to stop the spread of COVID-19, warning that “social ills” were likely a major factor in why the outbreak has killed twice as many black and Latino people than white Americans.

The nation’s top doctor said on Friday, during the daily coronavirus taskforce briefing, that:

“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,” while suggesting that black and Latino families “avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

As The Daily Mail details, Adams added the “chronic burden of medical ills” among Americans of color is making those communities less resilient to the “ravages” of COVID-19.

However, it seems while Adams message may have been both factual and heart-felt, members of the black community are calling out the Surgeon General for “pandering” to them with his use of slang and also for his “offensive” instruction that those specific communities to stop drinking and smoking during this pandemic.

“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?” TV host and actress Claudia 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.”

Other questioned Adams’ word choice, writing:

‘As if people wouldn’t understand him if he said, “Do it for your grandparents”?’

Some bashed him for using ‘stereotypical ethnic names for our relative’. And activist Blaine Hardaway used the opportunity to take a shot at the president:

“I really would like to say I’m surprised but of course I’m not. Trump sent the only black guy on his team out to chastise black and Latino people for smoking and drinking, as if that’s the reason our communities are predisposed to this virus. Just disgusting.”

Adams later tried to explain his comments after PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor pressed him later in the briefing:

“That was not meant to be offensive,” Adams said.

“That’s the language that we use and I use and we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities.”

Adams concluded with the uncomfortable fact-bomb that “people of color experience both more likely exposure to COVID-19 and increased complications from it.”

via zerohedge


  1. The CDC posts yearly mortality rates among different groups and even races.
    Blacks have a large percentage of adult onset diabetes. They aren’t born with it. They acquire it by lifestyle choices. Lifestyles are typically learned from prior generations, and do have a cultural aspect. All you have to do is look at the different regional foods, in the different communities to understand where it might come from. America as a whole is one of the highest obesity nations. More than half the population is over weight. It’s been that way since Crisco and Sugar were introduced to the baby boomers. More people are sedentary, inactive.
    Just look at Chicago; 32% black population, of which blacks were 67% dead with COVID-19, 80% of those were co-mortality of a pre-existing condition of diabetes. New York City is 22% black / 28%+ dead as of 3/31.

    The pooh-pooher actress Claudia Jordan is just a highbrow wannabe (modelhollywoodwhore). Wasn’t she on Apprentice?
    I did not take offense at Adams comments. I did grow up with pet names for grandparents. Really common. Could Adams have said “do for your grandparents”? Sure.
    Sad there are SO MANY VICTIMS in America always seeking a reason to bitch about something.
    They all knew what he was getting at. They all wrote about it . . .
    Maybe they can scream at the Chinese for developing a genetically altered virus that chases down black people and kills them. Nah, they LOVE China.

    1. Spot on GerryG., too many have been brainwashed by the media that they’ve lost all perspective.
      Lifestyle may not the primary culprit behind hypertension or heart disease but lifestyle IS a large factor in them and those who have those diseases – or diabetes or AIDs need to be cautious. This disease primarily afflicts the elderly but those with those added conditions are at even greater risk.

  2. WTF people! He was speaking in a way that certain members of our society talk. What is racist about that? People are so screwed up about racism today that if an Italian spoke Italian to another Italian, a Frenchman would say they are being racists! Grow up people, we all do not speak or talk in the same dialects or idioms!

  3. Whiney Far left with the “Political Incorret” Talking point, and it just don’t wash. If you are offended by the facts you are truly an IDIOT of the first order. Pandering are you serious. Go back to the corner and put the DUNCE HAT upon your pointy little head. Should be a good fit what with your head already pointy and all.

  4. I ask one thing, was this man wrong? If Blacks and some Latinos engage in harmful behavior that severely shortens their life spans why would anyone take offense? One only needs to drive through a Demrat controlled city, and then drive through a neighborhood where these folks live. Tell me then how this Surgeon General is wrong with his assessment.

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