The CDC and other groups have been arguing in recent days about who should head to the front of the coronavirus vaccine line after healthcare workers have all gotten their shots. Some say the next shots should go to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions – the ones who are most likely to suffer lethal effects from the virus. Others say that the next round of shots should go to “essential workers,” since they have no choice but to be out among the public.
And then some, like Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), a card-carrying member of the House “Squad” of socialists, are more interested in talking about the COVID vaccine from a racial standpoint.
She appeared on CNN on Sunday, where she was asked by host Abby Phillip to speak about the vaccine and the racial breakdown of those who say it’s not for them.
“According to the CDC, black Americans are almost three times as likely to die from the coronavirus as white people. And yet, this poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 20 percent of blacks want to get the vaccine as soon as possible versus 40 percent of whites. You were vaccinated yesterday. You tweeted about it. What do you say to the majority of black people that say they’re not rushing to do what you did just yesterday?” asked Pressley.
“Yes, I did have the vaccine administered yesterday in order to maintain the continuity of government, but also because, you know, I live with like millions of Americans, two preexisting conditions, and doing my part both to keep myself safe so that I can continue to do my job to fight for my district and the American people, keeping my family safe but also stopping the spread of this virus which has raged out of control — which has everything to do with the willful criminality of Donald Trump and I would add even the GOP-led Senate because they have dragged their feet on making the investments necessary to meet the scale and scope of this hurt, and to invest in contact tracing and things like that,” Pressley said.
“So I do want to acknowledge that I had to overcome, you know, some of those distrust issues myself — the medical community exacting ostensibly medical apartheid on black Americans, on indigenous people … on our most marginalized communities,” she continued. “They have violated the trust, and that’s very real. And so I wanted to set an example…And I’m going to continue to fight for our most vulnerable — communities who have been disproportionally impacted by the virus, for our health care workers, for our essential workers, for incarcerated men and women to be prioritized in the distribution of the vaccine.”
Further proof that there is nothing that the far-left can’t turn into an issue of race, bigotry, and oppression.