New York Covid Antibody Policy: Race Discrimination Orwellian

Jillian Golder, an employee of Oro Valley Hospital, has her temperature checked before receiving an antibody test for the coronavirus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2020. (Cheney Orr/Reuters)

Orwell’s line from Animal Farm comes to mind when you read about the way New York health officials are allocating resources. If you’re white, you are un-preferred.

Hans Bader explains in this Liberty Unyielding post. 

He writes:

New York City has been putting coronavirus testing sites in mostly non-white neighborhoods, rather than mostly white neighborhoods. That is illegal racial discrimination. Just as bombing a bus because most of its passengers are black is racially discriminatory, giving an area benefits because of the race of most of its residents is racially discriminatory.

There are lots of things in the Constitution that “progressives” don’t like and we can now add the Equal Protection Clause to that list. I suppose that the health bureaucrats think they’re advancing social justice by instituting racial preferences here, but they’re not and it’s unconstitutional.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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