“[S]ystemic racism” is to blame for the black community having a “deep distrust of the healthcare system, government agencies and most institutions, including legit media organizations,” says Los Angeles Times writer Erika Smith.
- Smith’s article describes her frustration with “the people we know who haven’t been vaccinated,” focusing on members of the black community.
- She says the unvaccinated people in her life are “scared, usually because of some past experience,” adding that a member of her family is “afraid of white doctors” because the family member believes “they were at fault for my grandfather’s death.”
- Her “cousin also is refusing to roll up her sleeve” and is “convinced that the media narrative has been slanted to eliminate any negative information about the side effects,” a reason Smith is critical of.
- Smith says that when it comes to the black community refusing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, she has “no choice but to consider the systemic racism that has long pervaded this country, and how it has resulted in deep distrust of the healthcare system, government agencies and most institutions, including legit media organizations.”
- Smith also believes “there’s an inherent white privilege in white rage at the unvaccinated.”