Following a rally involving NYC’s vaccination mandate and African-American patrons breaking out in Carmine’s Upper West Side restaurant last week, Black Lives Matter met in Greater New York and related organizations in front of the establishment on Monday to protest and hold a press conference.
The original police report detailed that three black women from Texas got into an argument with a 24-year-old restaurant hostess on Thursday after she asked them to provide evidence of vaccination for eating indoors. Subsequent information from the lawyers for both Carmine’s and the women revealed, however, that the trio actually presented verification of vaccination to get in.
Shortly after the women’s group sat down, three men arrived to join the party inside, but two were denied entry because they did not provide vaccination documentation, lawyers from both sides confirmed to New York Times.
A fight broke out when a hostess used a racial slur and made derogatory remarks directed at the female customers, accusing them of carrying fraudulent vaccination cards, the lawyer representing one of the women, Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, who is a doctor, told Gange. Attorney Justin Moore said the women claim the hostess “spit out” the N-word. After the fight, the NYPD arrested the three black women for investigating criminal accident and assault.
Organized by Black Lives Matter Greater New York, protesters met Monday to clarify the story from their perspective. At the rally, the speakers fought against the racial obscenity that was allegedly uttered, as well as the perceived discrimination of the black unvaccinated patrons. The protesters said the hostess is white.
BLM NYC co-founder and chairman Hank Newsome claimed that restaurant staff treated black women with hostility and accused Carmines of covering up “their employees’ actions by using the vaccination passport as an excuse.” He demanded that Carmine release his video footage of the incident, which he believes will determine that the hostess was the antagonist and that the three women were wrongfully charged.
Chivona Newsome, the other co-founder of BLM NYC, targeted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccination mandate more specifically in his remarks. She suggested that the edict has resulted in repetitions of historical episodes when blacks were renounced by society.
“Being a doctor does not protect you from blackness. Having a vaccination card does not protect you from discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits actions by Carmine’s. It says it is illegal to discriminate against you on the basis of race, ”she said.
“72 percent of the black people in this city from 18 to 44 years old are unvaccinated. So what is going to stop the Gestapo, I mean the NYPD, from gathering black people, from snatching them off the train, out of the bus? She added.
The Chivona Newsome suggested that if these incidents continue, Black Lives Matter could rebel against exact justice, as it did after George Floyd’s death.
“We make this city aware that your mandate will not be another racist social distance practice. Black people will not stand next to you or you will see another uprising. And it’s not a threat; it is a promise, ”she said. “The vaccination passport is not a free passport for racism.”
Kimberly Bernard, co-founder of the Black Women’s March, reiterated the accusation that COVID restrictions are being gun-proofed against minorities.
“We are informing the mayor, the governor, the restaurant industry that we do not allow you to use this pandemic, vaccination cards and masks as another reason to be racist, to put us in jail. Because there are enough of us in there, ”she said.
A man from Rise and Resist, a direct action group that formed in opposition to the election of former President Donald Trump in 2016, turned the conversation to the partisan guilt game that exploded in the midst of the pandemic.
“The Republican Party and elected officials and experts on Fox News are trying to blame the entire unvaccinated COVID crisis on black people, even though blacks are twelve percent of the population,” he said.
But while the speaker said the political right is to blame for pinning the pandemic on the unvaccinated, many of whom are black, a female African-American told the crowd National review another narrative.
A university student with experience in the restaurant industry, Maya, who did not disclose her last name, said her community is struggling to recognize that Democrats, not Republicans, are at the forefront of vaccine mandates and therefore revive racial discrimination and conflict.
“Most black people will not acknowledge that the Democratic Party has denied us the right to franchise. Malcom X said it’s foxes and wolves. The fox pretends to be your friend in your face, but passes laws behind your back to hurt you. The wolf is not your friend, they do not like you and they treat you as such. But who do you respect more? Black people tend to fall for the fox, ”Maya said.
She said her job is in jeopardy now because she has rejected the vaccine, another issue of economic equality that she says Democrats do not recognize.
“This vaccine mandate affects disproportionately many colored people. People should not be forced to do that. It’s for your health ‘, but they are willing to ruin people’s lives to protect against a virus with over 99 percent survival. . . . This is going to be the new Jim Crow, and it will mostly affect colorful people, ”she said.