Which Party is Complicit in the Premature Deaths of Their Supporters?

Did you read Yasmin Tayag’s essay “How Many Republican Died Because the GOP Turned Against Vaccines?” in The Atlantic? Yeah, she tells readers that “Party leaders are unquestionably complicit in the premature deaths of their own supporters.”

Do readers know which demographic was more likely to die from complications from COVID-19 than white Republicans? Black Democrats. Black Democrats have been at least as likely to be vaccine hesitant as white Republicans—and are far less likely than whites overall.

On the eve of the delta variant chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic hysteria, I commented on a Twitter thread initiated by 1619 Project co-founder Nikole Hannah-Jones wherein I noted that vaccine uptake among blacks was much lower than among whites, with the implication that the draconian COVID-19 policies of progressive cities and states would disproportionately impact the freedom of black people. For some reason this was controversial, which I discuss in the blog Cognitive Autonomy and Our Freedom from Institutionalized Reflex.

Why are black Democrats vaccine hesitant? The legacy of the Tuskegee syphilis study certainly has something to with that. The Tuskegee syphilis study, wherein doctors and researchers followed disease progression in syphilitic black sharecroppers without providing them treatment, was a government organized project conducted at the height of progressive Democrat power.

But a more recent cause of vaccine hesitancy it worth noting here.

When Trump put the government behind developing a vaccine in record time, Democrats went on TV and in loud voices told their constituents that they did not trust the “Trump vaccine.”

Remember when CNN asked Kamala Harris if she would take the vaccine once it’s approved and she said, “Well, I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump”? Remember when Joe Biden said, “Who’s going to take the shot? Are you going to be the first one to say sign me up?” On and on these two and others went in this vein. For weeks. In the middle of a presidential campaign. “Polls say fifty per cent of American people say they will not take the vaccine if it were available today, because they don’t trust the way this federal government has politicized the process,” said New York City governor Andrew Cuomo.

Now a major progressive propaganda outlet wants to erase your memory of that and obscure the disproportionate deaths of black Americans from COVID-19 by accusing the Republican Party of murdering their constituents by—pushing out Trump’s vaccine. Is it any wonder corporate state media is suffering a crisis of legitimacy?

We should also ask about the root causes of black overrepresentation among those who suffer a complications from COVID-19. Most blacks who have suffered these complications live in the central cities run for decades now by progressives. One might ask why, if progressive Democrats are so good for black Americans, the neighborhoods in which black Americans live are so fraught with crime, crumbling infrastructure, disease, fatherlessness, idleness, mental illness, poverty, and other social problems.

Better, I guess, to blame the GOP and its basketful of deplorables than to pin the tail on the donkey.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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