Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a day when people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. That day has not yet dawned in New York, at least when it comes to Covid testing and treatment. On December 27, the New York State Department of Health issued a memo to health care providers and facilities on the authorization and “severe shortage” of oral antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid, directing that non-white people be given priority for such treatments. Meanwhile, white people are also being passed over for Covid testing in New York City.
And it’s not just this one Health Department memo. The New York Post reported Saturday that “New York City health officials have been using race to help decide how to allocate precious coronavirus testing resources, leaked emails from the agency show.” Briana Nasti, a staffer for City Councilman Joe Borelli, informed the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that “our office has been receiving calls regarding the mobile NYC H+H [Hemoglobin and Hematocrit] testing sites such as Wolfes Pond Park. It appears many are waiting with delays, and are being turned away after waiting for hours.” The department responded by saying they were prioritizing “neighborhoods flagged by the city’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity. The task force, created by the de Blasio administration in 2020, identified 31 underserved neighborhoods to receive ‘priority’ attention from the city.”
City officials openly admitted that they weren’t distributing resources equally. This was, according to a Health Department spokesperson, because minority communities had “borne the brunt of this pandemic due to structural racism.” The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claimed that it was “committed to improving health outcomes for all New Yorkers by explicitly advancing racial equity and social justice.” However, racial equity and social justice did not mean equal treatment of all people regardless of race: “Racial equity does not mean simply treating everyone equally, but rather, allocating resources and services in such a way that explicitly addresses barriers imposed by structural racism [i.e. policies and institutional practices that perpetuate racial inequity] and White privilege.”
The irony was thicker than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In order to avoid perpetuating racial inequality, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was discriminating against white people, thereby promoting racial inequality. The anti-racists, in order to end racism, have become as racist as Bull Connor. Only those who have impeccable “Mental Hygiene,” that is, have been thoroughly brainwashed, could possibly believe that by discriminating on the basis of race, discrimination on the basis of race will be ended and a new era of justice will dawn.
Will New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, put an end to this madness? Or will New York City, and the entire state, continue on its Orwellian path of racial hatred and division? The smart money, as always, is on the latter.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.