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.
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.