Al Sharpton Claims Black Americans Don’t Like Vaccines Because of… Racism?

Al Sharpton Claims Black Americans Don't Like Vaccines Because of... Racism?

( – Al Sharpton’s controversial nature burst into the American consciousness in 1987, when he conspired in a series of lies in the Tawana Brawley case, for which he was ordered to pay $65,000 in a defamation of character suit. Now, he’s pushing a narrative saying Black Americans are distrustful of the potential COVID-19 vaccines and has used his MSNBC platform to bring others into it, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).

One of his primary talking points is that the Black community would reject the inoculation because of past racist experiments by the government. However, a recent Gallup poll carried out between October 19 and November 1 shows that 52% of “non-White” respondents are willing to receive the vaccine.

Of those who are unwilling, only 11% of the “non-White” demographic do not trust vaccines in general, and 12% would refuse the vaccine for other reasons, including a general distrust of the government. When polled specifically about the shortened timeline or wanting to wait and see how effective the vaccine might be, 48% of those in the “non-White” demographic who express initial hesitation fall in this category.

Despite his dubious history when it comes to truthfulness, Sharpton remains a voice the Progressives of the country listened to. Whether his pronouncement is meant to garner influence with a potential Biden/Harris administration or some other unknown purpose, it would be a tragedy if it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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