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“There has been a history of medical apartheid and the majority of the Black community is now being forced to inject something they do not want and do not trust,” Simone said.
She showed a video clip of Wendy Williams on the Dr. Oz show, who told the public she didn’t want to take the COVID vaccine. Williams later took the vaccine, then tested positive for COVID, which forced her to delay the premier of her talk show.
Simone wondered why Williams changed her stance, but Miller commented that at least “One thing Wendy is allowed to have is her choice.”
“When you say, don’t we have the right to be skeptical, my brain says, ‘don’t I have a right to say no?’” Lindsay asked. “They’re telling me to put something in my body that’s not been independently tested and evaluated — that is a problem.”
Jordan said calling African Americans “ignorant” for not wanting the vaccine is “ironic,” considering America’s history of medical racism, which includes the Tuskegee Experiment of 1972. “We are being demonized for using that information and making an educated decision about our health.”
“They didn’t even try to convince us that they did testing [on the COVID vaccines]… they thought they were going to be able to give us weed, and we were going to take it. They were going to be able to give us alcohol. They were going to be able to give us lap dances and donuts and all of this stuff, and that was going to make us stop thinking about what we know to be true, what we’ve seen, what our history is.”
Also in this episode:
- Lindsay explained how the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in the U.S., can actually “enslave us” (21:16).
- Guests discussed New York’s Assembly Bill A8378, which authorized the New York commissioner of health “to develop and supervise the execution of a program of immunization against COVID-19 for purposes of state aid to schools.”
- They also discussed Senate Bill S7320, which allows pharmacists to administer a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine against COVID to children ages 2 to 18.
Watch this week’s segment here:
Join Sumayyah Simone, your host for the show “What’s Your View?” as she creates a space for educational, unifying and inspiring conversations surrounding the issues that are most relevant on our planet during these turbulent times. The world is changing and we, the citizens of this world, have the power to make sure that change happens for the better of humanity. Simone is the co-founder of My Black Health, an online community focused on health and wellness education for people of African descent. Visit Simone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Sumayyah_Simone.