Boston’s acting Mayor Kim Janey likened vaccine passports to the papers that newly-freed slaves had to carry around after the civil war as she dismissed the idea of implementing them in her city.
Janey – who became the first black woman to serve as mayor in the city when her predecessor was tapped to be US Secretary of Labor earlier this year – made the comments on Tuesday after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that indoor businesses will soon have to require customers to show proof of vaccination or otherwise turn them away.
Janey acknowledged the importance of encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but said that requiring proof harkened back to a ‘long history in this country of people needing to show their papers’.
‘Whether we’re talking about this from the standpoint of … during slavery, post-slavery, as recent as what our immigrant population has to go through here,’ Janey said.
She seemed to compare vaccine passports to freedom papers, documentation showing that a black person was free of bondage and allowed to travel as they please before the end of slavery in the United States.
‘We heard Trump with the birth certificate nonsense,’ Janey added, referencing when Donald Trump in 2012 offered $5million to charity if President Barack Obama released his college and passport applications.
Janey said she wants residents to have ‘every opportunity’ to get vaccinated, but that she was concerned the passports would be ‘difficult to enforce’ for businesses and would place an undue burden on certain communities, she told WCVB.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Manno