Students at Cornell University can use their status as a “person of color” to be exempt from the university’s flu vaccine requirement.
“Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events,” explains Cornell Health’s vaccine requirement FAQ.
Students can send a private message to Cornell Health in order to request a non-medical or non-religious exemption for the immunization. For more information, the FAQ links to a page “especially for students of color,” which is meant to help minority students concerned about the flu vaccine requirement.
Ostensibly, this exemption is in order to address racism – but let’s see what Cornell University’s website actually says about the immunization requirement:
Immunization requirements are in place to protect the health of the community. Therefore, very few exemptions are allowed by New York State Public Health Law.* At present, two exemptions may be pursued: a medical exemption and a religious exemption.
In other words, the primary concern is not for the protection of the individual in question, but for the protection of those around him.
Bearing this in mind, it would be reasonable for white Cornell students to keep their distance from non-white students. After all, if non-white students are less likely to have been immunized, then being around them is more of a risk.
If a white Cornell student is cancelled for crossing the street to avoid Students of Color, would his fear of contracting the flu be considered a valid defense? Somehow, I doubt it.
In other news, there has been a lot of commentary about the increasing levels of gun violence in Chicago, but Portland is also experiencing a dramatic uptick in gun violence. The fact that this is occurring right after Portland reduced funding for its Gun Violence Reduction Team, has been noticed even by the corporate media:
Police reports show shootings are up for every month this year compared to last. As of October 1 the total number of shootings stood at 595, an 82% increase over the same time period in 2019.
Kimberely Dixon believes she knows why.
“I think we need to take a look at historical context,” she said. “I think if we go back and take a look at July, which is when we decided to defund the police, we also had the most tremendous uptick in violence.”
The numbers did jump from 61 shootings in June to 103 in July of 2020.
Dixon is a volunteer on the police bureau’s crisis response team, which helps individuals and families suffering from trauma, including shootings.
She also knows the pain of gun violence – someone murdered her son 7 years ago. It was gang related. She said the way to stop the violence is to stop defunding the police…
“One of the biggest mistakes is the police department, and them defunding the Gun Violence Reduction Team,” he said.
In mid-June city commissioners voted to cut the police budget by $15 million dollars. The cuts included the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT), which some called racist because the team disproportionately stopped Black drivers.
It goes without saying that a disproportionate number of gun-criminals are black, so naturally black people, specifically young black males, should get more attention. Failure to do so costs lives.
It’s funny how the government is so extremely concerned about a potential loss of life if we don’t adhere to its draconian Covid-19 dictates – but they’ll gladly sacrifice lives if the alternative is accusations of “racism.”