FIRESTARTER HOTSHEET: Vaccinations, Racism, And Life In-Between

As of this posting, the FDA has given it’s full approval for the Pfizer vaccine.

This is not a dig, a drag, it just is. My concern is not for the unwashed-unvaccinated that are determined to be the sheep they claim us to be–taking an anti-parasitic for livestock. What my concern is, what my concern is directed towards are us: Black people.

We can debate up one wall, and down another about the cause of the virus, if someone made it, and what is ‘in’ the vaccine. What is not up for debate is this virus is here, and it is killing people. Disproportionately, this virus is affecting Black people. This is not up for debate. I will not debate it.

What I want my people to know is I understand the legacy of medical racism, experimentation, denial of care of us is not history, and is even on-going. For that reason, I understand vaccine hesitancy–I even had it! As the daughter of a nurse, I had it! My mother said this, “Girl! Pray, take the shot and keep going! It is better to some protection than none!” That mother wit is what I give to you all, along with The Panola Project:

“The Panola Project,” a short documentary by Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine, is a heartwarming story of this marginal phenomenon. It follows the efforts of a retired Black woman, Dorothy Oliver, and the county commissioner, Drucilla Russ-Jackson, to bring the vaccine to her isolated hamlet of about four hundred residents in rural Alabama, and to persuade enough of her community to take it. “I just felt like I had to do it because the government, nobody does enough in this area,” she says. “This area here is majority Black. Kind of puts you on the back burner. That’s just it. I mean, you don’t have to put nothing else with that. That’s just it. I don’t have to elaborate on that one.”

The New Yorker

One of the reasons that I got a vaccine was that Black women were part of this research and development (note: this is how expedient research and implementation is when everyone is putting all the needed resources in one place to help the most people)

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