We’ve been hearing a lot lately about people who are hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine, and a lot of it comes in the context of “vaccine equity.” A Los Angeles Times columnist recently wrote that California forgot transgender people in its push to get people vaccinated: “This is especially true among Black and Latino trans people, such as Sasha Morehead, who doesn’t want to get vaccinated because she believes ‘they are just testing it on people.'”

A group called Hip Hop Public Health put out an animated rap video to encourage blacks to get vaccinated: “If doc says it’s good then trust me, it’s good,” goes one line. Vice President Kamala Harris went on MSNBC with Al Sharpton to say she was visiting a pharmacy to help combat vaccine skepticism in communities of color; she also noted that a black immunologist helped develop the Moderna vaccine.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley took the COVID vaccine despite the medical community “exacting ostensibly medical apartheid on black Americans.”

Keeping that in mind, a lot of people are awfully quick to judge those skeptical of the vaccine in response to CNN’s article on how to speak to someone who’s hesitant to get the shot.

“Look for a time to have a calm, rational conversation, where neither person is angry or likely to start a fight,” CNN recommends.

We don’t suppose it’s helped either that Dr. Anthony Fauci has made it clear that virtually nothing changes if you get the vaccine, despite the Weather Channel reminding you that your vaccination card could be your “ticket to freedom.” And Harris didn’t do anyone any favors by saying she wouldn’t trust a vaccine just because President Trump said it was safe.

Good point. For all the people saying, don’t bother, let them die of COVID — it’s only ignorant red-staters who would refuse the shot — would you say the same thing to Pressley, who said she, as a black woman, had some trust issues to overcome herself? Distrust is apparently so great in the black community that Cornell University exempted students of color from the mandated flu vaccine because the school recognized that “historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”

What does CNN suggest we say to those people? Nothing, obviously — respect their choice.


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