“Seventy-two percent of black people in this city from ages 18 to 44 are unvaccinated ," Chivona Newsome spoke at a Monday protest in New York City. "So what is going to stop the Gestapo, I mean the NYPD, from rounding up black people, from snatching them off the train, off the bus?”
One Black Lives Matter protester was captured on video shouting anti-gay remarks at a Guardian Angel during a Monday protest prompted by the arrest of three black women at a Manhattan restaurant.
A protester , wearing a black tank top and black mask, shouted "suck d***" in the face of a man, identified as Patrol Lead for the Guardian Angels Joshua Penner, 77WABC News reported .
"Oh, that's very open to you. ... You don't like gay people?" Penner was seen asking the protester calmly.
"I love gay people," the protester responded, then continued to use anti-gay remarks toward Penner.
Other protesters began shouting at Penner, with one yelling, "Why are you here?" repeatedly at Penner.
When protesters told Penner to leave, he refused. "No, I'm not going to leave. I live here," he argued.
Newsome warned that the group could respond with an "uprising" similar to the ones that followed the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
“We’re putting this city on notice that your mandate will not be another racist social distance practice. Black people are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising . And that is not a threat. That is a promise,” she said. “The vaccination passport is not a free passport to racism.”
Kimberly Bernard, the co-founder of the Black Women’s March, made a similar claim, suggesting that COVID-19 mandates are being used to target black people and other minorities.
“We are serving notice on the mayor , on the governor, on the restaurant industry that we will not allow you to use this pandemic, vaccination cards, and masks as another reason to be racist, to put us in prison — because there’s enough of us in there,” Bernard said.
“When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that, because someone’s vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” de Blasio said of the order.
BLM Greater New York was unreachable for comment.