The criticism is so ubiquitous a conspiracy theorist might think it was a coordinated talking point from the evil overlords of the media industrial complex: That it’s the Trumpers, Conservatives, and Qanon conspiracy theorists who are spreading misinformation about COVID vaccines, sowing distrust and skepticism among the masses, perpetuating the transmission of the virus, and literally kIlLiNg gRaNdMa!!!
These Trumpers are at the same time super-powerful media influencers and embarrassingly stupid, illiterate, brainwashed, uninformed, and un-educated.
But what the uber-elites and intellectual giants of Leftism won’t explain is how vaccine skeptics are all dumb Trumpers and at the same time young, black, Hispanic, and PhD holders.
A UC San Francisco study published in the July 14, 2021 Journal of Adolescent Health found that one in four unvaccinated people aged 18 to 25 said that they “probably will not” or “definitely will not” get the COVID-19 vaccination.
According to CDC data, only 38% of Blacks are vaccinated in America, compared to 66% of Asians, 49% of Whites, and 43% of Hispanics.
And a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburg found of 5 million surveyed, people with PhDs were more vaccine skeptical than any other education demographic.
You can see how quickly the anti-Trump narrative falls apart.
If Trump voters are uneducated, then are vaccine-hesitant PhDs all Biden voters?
If Black people are less educated AND less likely to get vaccinated, but only 8% of Blacks voted for Trump, are the uneducated/vax-hesitant Biden-voting Blacks to blame too, or only uneducated White Trumpers?
The implications are the same here. If Blacks are the least likely to get vaccinated and most likely to be Biden supporters, you can’t blame Trump voters.
But some will anyway.
New Mexico State Rep. Liz Thomson explained it all away rather simply in the caps-lock-and-exclamation-pointed tweets so common among the obese and menopausal on social media these days. Blaming Trumpers, she screeched,
“But they are nearly 100% to blame for the misinformation and politicization of a deadly PANDEMIC!”—NM State Rep. Liz Thomson
Seems simple enough. But for this to be true — that Black people aren’t vaccinated because of misinformation from the Right — then it has to be true that Blacks get their news from Conservative sources.
Most people don’t need scientific studies to confirm what common sense already tells them (if Blacks get their news from Conservatives, why did 92% of them vote for Biden?), but luckily for the Thomsons of the world, the research is out there.
In fact, only 3% report Fox News as their main source of news.
To be logically consistent is hard for Liberals, so let’s help them out.
If Trump won a greater percentage of lower-educated Whites because White Trumpers are dumb, did Biden win a greater percentage of lower-educated minorities because minorities are dumb?
While do-gooder Progressives like to pat Black folks on the head and project onto them myriad excuses for why they underperform academically, make less money, have more children out of wedlock, and commit more crimes than their demographic representation in society, their attempts to excuse low Black vaccination rates can’t be attributed to racism. While it’s true that minority communities often have fewer pharmacies and hospitals* than White communities, most Blacks wouldn’t get the vaccine regardless of the distance to a pharmacy.
A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that 49% of Blacks would not get the vaccine even if it was determined to be safe by experts and was administered free of charge (compared to 33% for Whites and 37% for Hispanics).
Another oft-cited reason for skepticism is the infamous Tuskegee experiments, a 40-year study beginning in the 1930s where public health institutions (including the CDC) observed the natural course of untreated syphilis in hundreds of Black men who were unaware of their diagnosis.
Even Progressives cite this as a legitimate reason for Blacks to be vaccine hesitant, only to declare that we need to do a better job educating Blacks about the vaccines.
The problem is that common sense continues to make the case for continued skepticism.
It was the “experts” who declared “15 days to slow the spread.” We are now past 500 days.
It was the “experts” who said cloth masks will protect you from transmission of the virus. They now admit that cloth masks don’t work.
It was the “experts” who said vaccines will stop transmission of the virus. They then quietly acknowledged that vaccinated people are spreading the same viral load as the unvaccinated.
“You’re not gonna, you’re not gonna get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”—Joe Biden, CNN Town Hall, July 21, 2021
If the best predictor of the future is the past, and the “experts” were as lacking in expertise just this year as they were lacking in ethics as late as the 1970s, then Blacks have every reason to be skeptical of what “officials” claim is best for them.
And for that matter, so do the rest of us.
* They should build more.
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