Some minorities, especially (brown & black people) are really suspect of the Covid-19 vaccine. These suspicions are largely due to the way the health care system, and by extension, the government has mistreated them historically.
Additionally, in the US, minorities have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 virus. This attack is a double edge sword; it causes more confusion as minorities are saying, why is this virus attacking us so hard? While at the same time, and because the virus is attacking them disproportionally, some are believing that taking the vaccine, they will be experimented upon or studied like in the past. Many people know; and yet, many people don’t care about the mistreatment of minorities over the decades when it comes to education, finances, crime, policing, and housing. Even worse than that is how minorities were treated decades ago when it came to Health Care or lack there of. Most will argue, minorities still have inadequate to no Health Care.
Sidebar: (Where this mistrust comes from)
- From 1932 to 1972, the Federal Government conducted a study of the effects of untreated syphilis on approximately 600 black men (400 had syphilis). The purpose was to understand the course of the disease. As a result, the men were lied to and provided phony treatments. (Many of the men unnecessarily passed the disease on to family members that died.
- From 1930 to 1970, thousands of nonwhite women (black, Puerto Rican, Mexican, & Native American) were sterilized without their consent. Approximately, one-third of Puerto Rican women of childbearing age were forced to sterilize.
- From 1909 to 1979, under California eugenics laws, California forcibly sterilized about 20,000 people who were deemed “unfit to produce”. The program disproportionately targeted minority women.
When it comes to Covid-19, clearly, these vaccines are in no way geared to any particular group of people as the “first responders” are largely non-black & brown people. Therefore, to many, from a science perspective, these fears don’t make logical sense; however, they make perfect sense culturally.
- The distrust that many minorities have rest on the doorsteps of the government. Minorities certainly have a right to be.
- The government has used minorities as test dummies for far too long without admitting much guilt.
- The way were are told how this virus is disproportionately affected the minorities population, one should ask – why are not they a priority on the list of who receives the vaccine?
- We all need to take the vaccine so we can get back to our normal lives.