Multiple States Now Prioritizing Skin Color For Distribution Of Life Saving COVID Treatments
Before the New Year, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared racism a “public health crisis,” signing an entire package of legislation aimed at addressing discrimination and racial injustice in the state.
“For far too long, communities of color in New York have been held back by systemic racism and inequitable treatment,” Hochul said in a statement last week. “I am proud to sign legislation that addresses this crisis head-on, addressing racism, expanding equity, and improving access for all.”
There is no question that laws in New York foment racial disparity. As we’ve reported over the years, thanks to government programs like “stop and frisk,” and the drug war in general, the rights of minorities and poor folks in New York have been frequent targets of the state.
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But Hochul’s legislation does nothing to address these factors.
Also, as we’ve reported over the past two years in regard to covid-19, the state’s mandates on masks and vaccines also hit minorities the hardest.
In 2020, Black Americans were some of the hardest hit by police enforcing the arbitrary and tyrannical lockdown mandates. In one instance, 20-year-old Tyreik Bowers watched police raid his home on Memorial day — for barbequing. As Bowers hung out with his family, like millions of other families did that day, plainclothes officers from the 71st Precinct’s anti-crime unit decided to terrorize him over New York’s social distancing guidelines.
Instead of allowing Bowers to clean up outside and comply with their orders, Bowers was tackled and suffered horrific burns as cops held him down on the barbeque pit.
This is why BLM New York has been protesting arbitrary covid dictates since the beginning — especially the vaccine mandate.
“The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people”, BLM cofounder Chivona Newsome said in September. “It’s more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs.”
“We are putting the city on notice. Your mandates will not be another racist social distance,” she said. “Black folk are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising. And that is not a threat, that is a promise.”
“It is our job to defend liberty, and that is what we are here to do!” Newsome added.
But Hochul’s legislation does nothing to prevent state-sanctioned racism based on covid tyranny either. Instead, it simply tracks crimes based on race, which is not a bad idea, but most assuredly not a solution.
In the meantime, however, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene thinks they’ve figured out a way to fix racism — by denying white people live saving covid treatments. Seriously.
The city will “consider race and ethnicity when assessing individual risk,” reads the agency’s official guidance from Dec. 20, which adds that “longstanding systemic health and social inequities” can contribute to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19.
The new guidance applies to monoclonal antibody treatments like Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.
“Monoclonal antibody treatments have averted at least 1,100 hospitalizations and at least 500 deaths among people treated in New York City,” the city said in October.
But if you have white skin, your chances of getting that life saving treatment decreases — because racism.
As the NY Post reports, “the race-based approach in treatment has already begun to have real-world consequences. One Staten Island doctor said he filled two prescriptions for Paxlovid this week and was asked by the pharmacist to disclose the race of his patients before the treatment was authorized.”
“In my 30 years of being a physician I have never been asked that question when I have prescribed any treatment,” said the doctor, who requested anonymity. “The mere fact of having to ask this question is a slippery slope.”
It’s not just New York City either. The entire state of New York adopted a similar measure.
“Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” a memo from New York’s Department of Health reads.
Minnesota also has similar guidelines in place.
According to their terms, “race and ethnicity alone, apart from other underlying health conditions, may be considered in determining eligibility for mAbs [monoclonal antibodies].”
While the social justice crowd thinks it’s doing good with policies like these, they are sorely mistaken and are missing the massive elephant in the living room. If they really wanted to address racial issues, they would stop the arbitrary lockdowns and mandates.
“I have not seen [race] as one of the risk factors for severe disease and death,” Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard epidemiologist and professor, told The Post. “The reason that a lot of African Americans have died in New York — which is true — is because the rich people and more affluent were working from home while the working class were exposed.”
Kulldorff agrees with our assessment above on how lockdowns hit minorities and the poor the hardest.
“The lockdowns have discriminated against minorities. Basically they have discriminated against the working class, and minorities are a bigger proportion of the working class.” he said.
The idea that racism can be fixed by treating races differently is as absurd as it is repugnant. Racism exists because of policies like these — because people are told to treat others differently based on the color of their skin.
This is a massive step backward in the ostensible land of the free and the fact that it is receiving almost no backlash is telling.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist