Every state has been advised to consider ethnic minorities as a critical and vulnerable group in their vaccine distribution plans, according to Centers for Disease Control guidance.
In a report issued by The Daily Mail, 25 states have outlined plans that prioritize black, Hispanic and indigenous residents over white people as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
According to the Daily Mail, “25 states have committed to a focus on racial and ethnic communities as they decided which groups should be prioritized in receiving a coronavirus vaccine dose.”
States include: California, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The CDC has also issued guidance on its Social Vulnerability Index that uses 15 U.S. census variables to help local officials identify communities that may need support.
In Michigan, minority status and language spoken could be taken into consideration when deciding how high a priority you are for receiving a vaccine.
Maine has developed a ‘Racial/Ethnic Minority COVID-19 Vaccination Plan’ in an attempt to give a preference to groups that ‘have experienced rates of disease that far exceed their representation in the population as a whole’.
Companies, unions and industry trade groups are lobbying in state capitols and in Washington to have their workers included in the next round of virus vaccines. https://t.co/poFp28AhTs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 20, 2020
Here at Law Officer we are not experts in medicine but we do know that in the United States, blacks and Hispanics are three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than whites.
So it is obvious there is disparity and interesting enough, we are familiar with the “disparity” argument because it usually blames cops for any one group being arrested, imprisoned or shot more.
Everyone reading this is familiar with the argument… BLACKS SHOT 2.5 TIMES MORE THAN WHITES.
It looks great on a meme but is a pretty stupid argument when you consider crime rates and in particular violent crime rates. And even worse considering how that the “minority” of blacks “disproportionally” commit more armed robberies than any other racial demographic according FBI crime statistics.
In fact, blacks committed more armed robberies in 2019—than all other racial demographic groups combined. But corporate media doesn’t seem to care about that story, or that disproportionate crime statistic.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at the hypocrisy here…
We actually agree with prioritizing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Because we aren’t stupid. If there is a group or subset of society that is of higher risk, they should most definitely receive the vaccine first. Whether that is anyone over 60, Black, Green or Obese… anyone more at risk should be prioritized.
And we think it is hard to argue against that but I’m sure someone will.
At the same time, we can also apply this philosophy to crime.
if a neighborhood is subject to more crime or more shootings or more victims, should law enforcement not prioritize that?
Well, many call that “over-policing” and “racist” and a whole host of silly things. You know, that whole “No Justice, No Peace” stuff that people chant without even knowing what it means?
You see, with this mentality, law enforcement should place the same exact resources in every neighborhood, whether there is crime or not.
Obviously that is dumb… real dumb.
It would be like saying that everyone regardless of health or their risk should have equal access at the same time to a vaccine that could prevent you from dying. So if you are 21, white and in good health, you should try to get it before the 85 year old Hispanic that is obese.
This is where so called “equality” doesn’t match up. Equality only works if everything is equal.
If you live in a neighborhood where murders are happening nightly, why in the world would you expect cops to go to a neighborhood where they aren’t?
In fact, if the cops did that, you should be mad… just as mad if that 21-year-old healthy white kid with a 99.9999% chance of recovery got a life saving vaccine over someone with a significantly higher risk of dying.
Law enforcement is the only entity where disparity is looked on as negative.
No one cares about the disparity in the NBA, Hockey or MLB because we like teams that are actually good. No one cares whether your church, your school or your favorite restaurant has the exact demographic as the city it resides in. Why you may ask?
Because as long as everyone has the opportunity to attend that church, school or restaurant, it is the choice of the individual. Just like in crime. Individuals choose to take an action that will get the attention of law enforcement and the last time we checked, cops respond to crime and criminals and they generally have no idea the pigmentation of the suspect’s skin when they get that call.
No one is counting and no one cares.
So ask yourself, why is the media and the activists so concerned about disparity in law enforcement, when literally law enforcement activity is based on crime, criminals and 911 calls and you won’t hear a peep about the disparity when giving the COVID-19 vaccine?
Do you know how to define hypocrisy? This is it.