A leader of New York City’s Black Lives Matter chapter compared Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate to episodes of historic racial discrimination.
“Seventy-two percent of black people in this city from ages 18 to 44 are unvaccinated. So what is going to stop the Gestapo, I mean the NYPD, from rounding up black people, from snatching them off the train, off the bus?” Chivona Newsome, a cofounder of BLM NYC, said Monday.
- “We’re putting this city on notice, that your mandate will not be another racist social-distance practice. Black people are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising. And that is not a threat; that is a promise,” she added. “The vaccination passport is not a free passport to racism.”
Newsome made the comments at a racial justice protest outside a New York City restaurant that the activists argued discriminated against black patrons last week during a disagreement over vaccination documentation that turned into a brawl.
- Kimberly Bernard, co-founder of the Black Women’s March, said at the event: “We are serving notice on the mayor, on the governor, on the restaurant industry that we will not allow for you to use this pandemic, vaccination cards, and masks as another reason to be racist, to put us in prison. Because there’s enough of us in there.”