If you’re getting kicked out of a New York restaurant due to insufficient proof of vaccination, chances are it’s due to racism.
According to a Times report, a prominent leader for the Black Lives Movement in New York has called out the city’s Key to NYC policy as “racist” in intent for identifying a community with low vaccination rates and prohibiting them from partaking in the lifestyle of the vaxxed.
“Restaurants are using vaccine mandates to enforce their racist beliefs and excluding Black patrons,” claims Hawk Newsome.
Operating as “co-founder and chairman of Black Lives Matter Greater New York,” Newsome, like many on social media, has witnessed videos of Black patrons getting kicked out of restaurants and other indoor establishments because they are unvaccinated.
A study by the Times released in August highlighted the discrepancies in vaccination rates between New York’s African American community compared to other ethnicities.
According to the data, “only 28 percent of Black New Yorkers ages 18 to 44 years are fully vaccinated, compared with 48 percent of Latino residents and 52 percent of white residents in that age group.”
Newsome admitted that his message could easily be seen as a “Right-leaning” talking point, but that doesn’t negate the fact that in a city as heavily populated by African Americans — one of the least likely demographics to get vaccinated — the vaccine mandate will have disparate outcomes for different racial groups.
He added, “It fits a narrative to say crazy Trumpsters are the only ones who don’t want to take the vaccine,” calling out the media’s poor messaging, with adverse effects that anti-vaccine talks have had on African American communities.
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