Boston Mayor Likens NYC’s Vaccination Mandate to Slavery

The Mayor of Boston condemned New York City’s decision to impose vaccine passports on most private businesses, comparing the move to slavery and “birtherism,” the New York Post reports.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey (D-Mass.), said that the United States has “a long history” of people being asked to “show their papers.” Janey was responding to a question from local news outlet WCVB regarding her thoughts on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) ordering all restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues to request proof of vaccination before any potential customers may enter.

Inexplicably likening the mandate to “what the immigrant population has to go through here,” and “the birth certificate nonsense” from President Donald Trump, Janey said that “here, we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston or disproportionately affect BIPOC communities.”

Nevertheless, Janey reiterated her support for getting as many people vaccinated as possible, saying that she wants to see businesses that “encourage their workforce to get vaccinated.” Currently, approximately 63 percent of Boston residents have received at least one shot of the vaccine, which Janey referred to as “good progress,” while adding that “we have much more work to do to make sure that everyone can get the vaccine, and we will continue to focus on that.”

Janey’s comments were criticized by some in her own party, with Boston City Councilmember Andrea Campbell (D-Mass.) tweeting that “this kind of rhetoric is dangerous. Showing proof of vaccination is not slavery or birtherism.” Janey responded with a follow-up statement clarifying that she had simply “pointed out several hurdles facing communities of color with lower vaccination rates. These hurdles should not be excuses, but we must consider our shared history as we work to ensure an equitable public health and economic recovery.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 24: Mayor Kim Janey looks on after delivering her Inaugural address as the Mayor of Boston at City Hall on March 24, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the first woman, and first Black mayor of the city. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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