New York City’s vaccine mandate started on Sept. 13. It requires evidence of vaccination entry to certain public spaces, including gyms, restaurants, and bars, unless a person has an approved medical exemption.
New York officials call the program the “Key to NYC Pass.”
“I think, in a perfect world, [vaccine requirements] should be business by business. But it could be a slippery slope, so the mandate should be removed completely,” Newsome announced to the Washington Examiner.
“It’s not gonna be white men in suits on Wall Street who are gonna get stopped. There’s such hypocrisy in this thing.”
The Examiner points out that about 70 percent of black people in New York City aged 18 to 44 have not taken the injection. There are a mixture of reasons claimed for the lag in shots, including religious views and distrust of government.
“It’s black people who have a natural distrust of the vaccine,” Newsome announced. He cited the Tuskegee Syphilis Study as an example of historic distrust by black people of the U.S. medical community, notwithstanding the fact vaccines are accessible to people of all racial groups.
BLIGNY is advocating for the complete abolition of vaccine requirements, not just in the city but further on a national level.
Newsome, a Baptist, told the news outlet he is especially worried the vaccine mandates do not allow for religious exemptions.
“How dare they remove religious exemptions? It’s the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen,” Newsome announced. “Now the government has decided your God doesn’t matter? I love God.”
Chivona Newsome, a fellow co-founder of BLMGNY, threatened an “uprising” in the wake of the mandates.
“We’re putting this city on notice that your mandate will not be another racist social distance practice,” she stated at a demonstration on Monday, according to the Examiner report “Black people are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising. And that is not a threat. That is a promise.”
“The vaccination passport is not a free passport to racism,” she closed.
The pushback against vaccination requirements is not limited to the general NYC area.
As Breitbart News reported, a wider spectrum of black voters is driving down President Joe Biden’s approval rating after the administration mandated vaccines for medium and large businesses on September 8.