Report: Cornell University makes flu vaccination mandatory – but only for white students (op-ed)

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ITHACA, NY – You can deposit this one into the already bulging drawer marked “The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations.”

An Ivy League university is requiring that white students receive an annual flu vaccination, while providing an exemption for students belonging to any other race.

Because of “historical injustices and current events,” Cornell University will grant  to “people of color” an exemption from its requirement that all students get a flu vaccination.

You are forgiven if you get a migraine trying to untangle the logic behind the reasoning for this exemption.

Apparently, because of “systemic racism and health inequities” in the United States, “individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements.”

The following is from the Cornell Health website, cornell.health.edu:

“We recognize that, due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country, individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements.

For example, historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.

“It is understandable that the current Compact requirements may feel suspect or even exploitative to some BIPOC members of the Cornell community. Additionally, recent acts of violence against Black people by law enforcement may contribute to feelings of distrust or powerlessness.

We know this history and validate the potential concerns it may raise. At the same time, we know that long-standing social inequalities and health disparities have resulted in COVID-19 disproportionately affecting BIPOC individuals.

“Higher percentages of individuals from these communities become infected with COVID, and the health outcomes related to infection are often more serious.

Away from campus community, BIPOC individuals are not as likely to have access to preventive services or quality health care. The systems, services, and policies being implemented at Cornell seek to address these inequalities as well as the differential impacts.” 

If you didn’t have a headache before, you’re probably starting to feel one coming on after reading that gobbledygook.

So, health issues that affect black, indigenous and other people of color, (BIPOC in woke-speak) at a higher rate than white folks are not going to be addressed because RAAAAACISM!!!

Covid-19 and the flu are two distinctly different diseases. What in the heck do they have to do with each other?  More to the point, getting the flu can and will diminish your immune system, so whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow or polka-dot, you’ll be more susceptible to the Wuhan flu.

Shouldn’t these BIPOC-ers be demanding they get immunized rather than be an exception?

While the university urges minority students to comply with the flu vaccine requirement to protect their health and that of others in the community, the health guidelines provide contact information for students who “may know the science and still feel distrusting of health care” to request an exemption.

As Rick Moran so succinctly opined over at PJ Media:

“[T]he logic of the exemption eludes me. If people of color are more susceptible to serious illness because of inequalities in the system, past and present, why in God’s name would you give these same students an exemption?” 

One Cornell undergraduate, who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity, said:

“All students deserve equal treatment regarding what healthcare choices they are allowed to make at Cornell.

The commenter said that students of all identities may have personal concerns about taking a mandatory vaccine and added: “Having a policy statement that singles out BIPOC students for requesting an exemption” is unfair for other students.

Quite frankly, if I were a person of color I think I’d be monumentally insulted.

Please pass the ibuprofen.

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Activists at Cornell now reportedly threatening peers who voted against disarming campus police

November 26, 2020

ITHACA, NY – Activists in the Cornell University Student Assembly are not happy that the majority of their council allowed police officers on campus to remain armed.

Because of their displeasure, they have allegedly threatened those who voted down the measure to disarm the police.

In a student government council vote on November 19, activists were hoping to pass a measure that would have forced campus police to disarm. Activists around the campus and on the council were outraged when they learned their referendum to disarm the police failed by one vote, 15-14.

After the vote failed, a member of the student government posted the names of all who voted against the measure on a social media forum for students of color.

After the names were released, many who believe that officers should be disarmed started bombarding with threats and harassment those who voted against the measure.

Joe Anderson, a former student council member, called on those who believe the police should be disarmed to physically fight those who opposed the measure. He said:

“Two things about the SA are true. First, the best people at Cornell sit on the SA. Second, the worst people at Cornell sit on the SA.

“So, fight the worst of them and cherish the best of them. And when I say fight, literally fight them, I can’t stand those ugly people.”

One member of the student council who voted against the measure, Zion Sherin, faced direct attacks.

During an online Zoom meeting, Sherin was attacked by some of those who were watching, including one who asked for Sherin’s address so he or she could physically harm Sherin. According to the Washington Free Beacon, that person said:

“Zion, I will beat your ass. Please put your address in the chat.”

The person who recorded the Zoom session did not want to reveal her name for fear of backlash.

She told the Washington Free Beacon that she started recording the session when someone in the group announced that everything in the chat would be deleted after the session ended.

Student activists from the Abolitionist Revolutionary Society held a protest outside the campus police department when it was announced that the measure to disarm the officers failed. The group called on students to recall those student council members who voted against disarming the police.

The student group had hoped they could disarm police following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Proponents also believe in the false narrative that officers kill more black people every year than they do white people, something that has been repeatedly verified as a false statement.

Cornell University is not the only institution of higher learning that has worked to disarm its campus police or remove them altogether. Students at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, demanded their police force be dissolved and took to rioting when the university announced that it would not abolish the police agency.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, seems to be caving to pressure from student demands to not create a campus police department. The university recently announced that it will delay the creation of a police department for at least two years.

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