So why aren’t black celebrities, pastors and the NAACP screaming about this issue? Because, according to Haywood, a lot of this anti-vaccination movement is about class and choice, as much as it’s about race.
“It’s true that blacks and Latinos are less likely to get immunized from diseases than whites, but a lot of that is about healthcare access,” says Haywood.
In other words it’s very easy to hold marches on the steps of the Capitol about the treachery of vaccinations when your family has access to all sorts of other medical care and resources. African Americans, still lagging behind whites in access to affordable care, may be suspicious of the government, but many don’t have the option to ‘refuse’ immunizations that may not be offered to begin with.