In Brief: NYC Crushes MLK’s Dream
When it comes to COVID testing and treatment, white people need not apply.
COVID response is revealing racism … in the leftists running that response. New York City is the latest example, says political analyst Robert Spencer.
Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a day when people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. That day has not yet dawned in New York, at least when it comes to Covid testing and treatment. On December 27, the New York State Department of Health issued a memo to health care providers and facilities on the authorization and “severe shortage” of oral antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid, directing that non-white people be given priority for such treatments. Meanwhile, white people are also being passed over for Covid testing in New York City.
This is not science; it’s race-hate mythology on the order of the Nation of Islam’s febrile nightmare of the demonic Dr. Yakub concocting the white race on the island of Madagascar. There is absolutely no way to determine whether or not black and Hispanic people are at greater risk of getting an airborne viral infection because of past or present racism. What’s more, the department’s assumption can be turned on its head, with white New Yorkers arguing that their being sent to the back of the line for oral antiviral treatments is systemic racism that is endangering their health.
Unfortunately, says Spencer, “It’s not just this one Health Department memo.” City health officials have been counting by race to determine multiple aspects of pandemic response.
City officials openly admitted that they weren’t distributing resources equally. This was, according to a Health Department spokesperson, because minority communities had “borne the brunt of this pandemic due to structural racism.”
Of course, equity is not at all the same thing as equality. The former takes into account leftist perceptions about “systemic racism” — and ends up creating it. Spencer concludes:
The anti-racists, in order to end racism, have become as racist as Bull Connor. Only those who have impeccable “Mental Hygiene,” that is, have been thoroughly brainwashed, could possibly believe that by discriminating on the basis of race, discrimination on the basis of race will be ended and a new era of justice will dawn.
Will New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, put an end to this madness? Or will New York City, and the entire state, continue on its Orwellian path of racial hatred and division? The smart money, as always, is on the latter.
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