Only 28.4% of Blacks in the U.S. have received one dose of the vaccine and only 25.1% have received both doses — that means 75% of Black Americans are being affected more than any other race when it comes to discrimination based upon vaccine status.
With the elimination of Jim Crow Laws more than 50 years ago, one would think state and local statutes legalizing racial segregation would be a thing of the past.
Yet, despite the en vogue crusade for equality, segregation is making a comeback.
With the push to get every man, woman and child vaccinated against COVID-19, new policies and mandates are rolling out across the country, aiming to separate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is leading the way in New York City with a mandate barring unvaccinated individuals from indoor activities, including concerts, performances, restaurants and gyms.
These actions squarely fit the definition of segregation. And while we watch blatant intolerance and prejudice grow against the unvaccinated, there seems to be a denial that these new enforcements are in any way akin to the discriminatory laws of the past.
For some, just hearing the word segregation in the context of separating the vaccinated from the unvaccinated is triggering and deemed offensive — as if the definition pertains only to the past mistreatment of Blacks.
What many people don’t realize is that these new policies and mandates, set forth under the guise of public health, are and will disproportionately affect Black people more than any other ethnicity in this country.