Inevitable? BLM to protest restaurant over vax passport policy

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After a disturbance at Carmine’s restaurant in New York City last week that led to several people being arrested for assault, a new angle has been brought into the debate over immunity passports and vaccination mandates in bars and restaurants. Three women who were visiting from Texas arrived at the restaurant and were seated last Thursday. But when a group of men arrived to join them, they refused to show the hostess their CDC vaccination cards or any other acceptable immunity passport and were refused service. This led the women to assault the hostess. While unfortunate, we’ve heard similar stories before, but as I said, this one has a bit of a twist. The women and the men were all Black. Now the New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter is entering into the fray and they will now be protesting the restaurant over accusations of racism. Going one step further, they are declaring that the entire vaccine passport plan is racist. (Daily Wire)

Black Lives Matter’s Greater New York chapter plans to protest Carmine’s restaurant in New York City following reports that a hostess tangled with a group of black women over COVID-19 vaccination cards. The group is also claiming that the city’s vaccine passport is racist.

Fox News reported that “a 24-year-old hostess was assaulted Thursday” at Carmine’s “by three Black female tourists from Texas after the hostess requested to see their COVID-19 vaccine card. Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, were arrested and charged with assault and criminal mischief.”

Later reports seem to indicate that the women were seated, but ended up in an argument with the hostess after men who were supposed to join their party refused to provide the hostess with their proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

A BLM spokesperson released a statement saying that he believes the city’s immunity passport mandates for indoor activities are being used to “keep Black people out of spaces.” He further claimed that if the passport system isn’t canceled, police will use vaccination status as an excuse to “harass and arrest our people.”

Honestly, I’m shocked we hadn’t already reached this point by now. And this is going to make for some awkward, uncomfortable moments for our liberal media figures who cover all of the vaccine mandate battles on a regular basis.

When it’s a group of mostly white people showing up to protest vaccine mandates, it’s easy enough for the liberal mainstream media to lump them all in together as disgruntled, southern Trump supporters who refuse to “follow the science” and are endangering everyone else. But now the New York chapter of BLM is applying the same rule to the vaccination mandates that they do to everything else with most of the media happily singing along with their choir. If anything ever impacts people of color disproportionately, they claim that the “thing” in question is racist no matter what the underlying cause of the disparity may be. That’s what they’re doing here.

But what BLM is tacitly admitting here is something that we’ve already seen in all of the national vaccination statistics since the doses were first rolled out. Vaccine hesitancy is much higher among Black and Hispanic Americans on a per capita basis. That pattern has held up in New York City all year. So when you start requiring vaccination passports to engage in public life, you’re bound to be hitting Black patrons disproportionately. Most of our media mavens have been happy to blame the unvaccinated for everything including the kitchen sink up until now. But will the hosts at CNN be willing to step up and blame Black unvaccinated tourists for their own inability to go out for a meal and say that BLM is wrong about this?

Up until now, the press has been able to happily blame a bunch of conservative rednecks and point out how ignorant and unscientific they are to resist being vaccinated. The shoe is going to be on the other foot now, however. I can’t wait to see how they plan to spin this situation.