The comparison of medical discrimination to racial segregation is an obvious one because signs reading “please have your proof-of-vaccination ready” are reminiscent of old photographs of businesses with signs in the front windows reading “We accept White trade only.”
In America’s Jim Crow days, there were plenty of businesses and venues that “coloured” people were excluded from, but there were also different sections where they were able to go. Rosa Parks protested being told to sit at the back of the bus, a moment embedded in America’s cultural consciousness as being pivotal in the civil rights movement. Will unvaccinated people even be allowed on the bus in the coming months? I wouldn’t be surprised if not.
There is currently no “unvaccinated” section of the restaurant or the cinema; they are simply not welcome because the media pushes the irrational idea that they are a danger to the community. …
Many people who today would vehemently object to racial segregation are blind to this obvious reality. One has to marvel at how for the past two decades discrimination has been presented as the ultimate evil only for this to happen. The exclusion of the unvaccinated has proven that all of the rhetoric about diversity, equity and inclusion was nothing but ideological garbage.
I’m sure that most people reading this would be aware that the current COVID vaccines do not prevent transmission of the virus, and that the protective effects are rather short-term, with booster shots being readied for Christmas. Vaccine passports make no sense whatsoever as a means of reducing the spread of COVID, as Sydney’s recent gym outbreak proves, but it makes a great deal of sense as a means of controlling the population’s movements, scaring them into compliance with the dictates of unelected bureaucrats, and marginalising those who refuse to comply.
Australians would do well to remember that segregationists also relied on pseudo-scientific claims and impotent moral arguments to support their position. For example, they argued that black students in classrooms would hold back their white peers because of their supposedly inferior intelligence, or that allowing black and white people to mix would be detrimental to society as black people were not well adjusted. …
In my experience, people who have refused the vaccines are simply more informed about the minimal threat of COVID and the potential risks associated with the novel mRNA and viral vector vaccines, as well as the questionable histories and motivations of the relevant pharmaceutical companies. They have stuck with the facts and not allowed themselves to be coerced into taking a medical treatment they don’t want or need, often at great personal cost.
Conversely, most people (not all) I know who’ve been vaccinated did so because they faced job loss, travel restrictions, social ostracism, or had an exaggerated understanding of the threat COVID posed to them. Many people I’ve spoken with were not at all concerned about COVID but got the jab to avoid any inconveniences. Others were desperate to see loved ones living interstate who they’ve been separated from due to lockdowns, and vaccination was the only way, regardless of their health concerns. This is the definition of coercion.