KABOOM! New York City Endorses Racial Division And Distrust Of Whites In A PSA [Revised And Updated]


I’ve never had my head explode while driving before.

It’s scary, but not as scary as what made it explode. There I was, driving along after picking up some stuff at the 7-11. I was listening to the first game in a Toronto Blue Jays-New York Yankees double-header, and was cheered to find the Yankees losing with just a half-inning left to go. Then an ad came on right before the Yankee 7th. (Baseball has this hideous rule this season making double header games only seven innings, but my head had exploded over that long ago.) When I first posted this, I wrote that I couldn’t quote it exactly, and that I couldn’t find it online. But commenter Here’s Johnny did, and here it is.

The rest of the post now reflects the actual message, and not my fevered efforts to recall it.

The translation of this PSA would be,

We know you fellow people of color don’t trust whites or the government institutions they control and we don’t blame you. You have every reason to be suspicious and in fear of these people, who are always trying to hurt you, your family, and your communities. However, we’re the right skin shade, and we are doctors, so you can trust us. There are many ways society is rigged against you, but not the pandemic vaccines. Believe us. We’re not white.

This spot, broadcast during a Yankees baseball broadcast, clearly is based on the assumption that blacks and Hispanics don’t trust whites, and that the distrust is justified. It emphasized that these doctors could be trusted because they weren’t white. The PSA implicitly confirmed that systemic racism was victimizing the PSA’s intended audience, and that “people of color” were right to be suspicious and distrustful—but not of these doctors, because they were not the people who were harming them and who intended them harm.

I’m certain that whatever unethical individuals approved this text and its approach would argue that if it persuades recalcitrant blacks to be vaccinated, it’s worth increasing the racial divide, racial hate, racial distrust and the ripping apart of society.

It isn’t. This message, and the fact that professionals are proclaiming it, legitimizes the false and corrosive claims underlying Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, and the demonizing of whites in the United States. This is the societal equivalent of playing catch with nitroglycerin.

It is wrong, incompetent, irresponsible, disrespectful, unfair and dishonest, and dangerous.

25 thoughts on “KABOOM! New York City Endorses Racial Division And Distrust Of Whites In A PSA [Revised And Updated]

  1. Keep your head together, Jack. What you heard is just par for the bullshit course of systemic wokeness in this country – which is by design a scheme to perpetuate and sanctify, and even exacerbate, systemic racism, not eliminate (or virtually eliminate) same.

    Damned right it’s dangerous. Piss off enough white people enough, and there won’t be anyone left who will even remember January 6, 2021. Stupid “woke” assholes don’t know their history. There was reason, however delusional, for the white-rage race riots of the early 20th century – Tulsa. Philadelphia. Chicago. And, in a town I won’t mention, but is closely tied to my personal life story. They can happen again – and will happen, if the systemic wokeness bullshit keeps up.

  2. This may be the PSA, or at least one in the same series, from the NYC Health Department and intended to address vaccine confidence and medical mistrust, per the “Get Vaccinated” page on the department’s web site.

    • Wow. Talk about black fragility and black privilege!

      Here are the subtitles to the PSA:

      “We know you people of color we’re talking down to really slowly are superstitious nitwits, but we’re here to help you. After all, we’re from the government. I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but I’m a doctor. Did I get into and out of medical school only because of affirmative action? We’ll never know, will we? But hey, as we lefties say in almost every sentence these days, unlike those nasty Republicans, ‘Trust the science,’ whatever that means. We know you’re all poor and incapable of ever paying for anything, so don’t worry. Like everything else you expect to be given, these shots are free! Actually, they’re paid for by all those crackers that work for a living and pay taxes! Suckas!”

      • You’re welcome, of course. I know that when the Yankees are playing, it’s hard to focus on anything else, whether you love ’em or hate ’em.

  3. Hamilton Burger or Perry Mason: “I object, your Honor. Counsel’s question is immaterial, incompetent and irrelevant.”

    I’ve always marveled at the inclusion of “incompetent.”

    • In the situation we are in with mixed messages about the efficacy of masks, social distancing and the vaccine itself, I would say “incompetent” is certainly an appropriate word.

      But, you are right, I never quite understood what incompetent meant in the Mason universe. It was as if Mason and/or Burger were insulting each other.

      • And Hamilton ALWAYS shouted. Of course, I’ve never understood how he kept his job. He was the Washington Generals of prosecutors. He not only always lost to Perry Mason, it was always Perry Mason, not Burger or the LAPD, who found and convicted the perpetrators. But Ham still got his paycheck and could afford those elegant suits. Hah.

    • My understanding of incompetence is that it would be evidence that one is not competent to give.

      For example, hearsay would be a competence objection. I am competent to testify as to what someone said, but, if what they said is offered to speak to the truth of a matter asserted (hearsay), the testimony would not be competent (because you are testifying as to the truth of someone else’s belief).

      Similarly, if testimony calls for someone to speculate, the testimony is not competent, because it is not calling for testimony about what someone saw, but what they might imagine.

      Having said that, to say a question of counsel is incompetent is a bit strange, but certainly had a dramatic effect.


      • Thanks Jut. That makes sense. I’m sure they had trial lawyers writing or consulting on the scripts, so there had to be a logical explanation. Maybe it’s an objection that went out of favor after the early ‘sixties.

  4. The day will come when we will finally say that “if segregation is what you want, then segregation is what you will have!” This isn’t South Africa, and 13% of the population isn’t going to rule the rest.

    • I’ve given some passing thought to what part of the U.S. could be depopulated and resettled as an all black state. New Jersey comes to mind. I’m guessing it’s already disproportionately black. It is rural and urban and has oceanfront. Not too hot, not too cold. Close to other urban centers.

        • I think Georgia might work. Atlanta is a hub. CNN is headquartered there. Could probably support thirteen percent of the population.

          • The regional transit system, called MARTA, the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, already stands informally for Move African-Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.

      • I believe Andrew Jackson had a similar conversation with his political advisers prior to his 1829 State of the Union Address.

        • Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln purported to have been in favor of the founding and populating of Liberia as a homeland for freed slaves?

          • Yes and no. From his speech in 1854 on the Kansas Nebraska Act: “If all earthly power were given me, I should not know what to do, as to the existing insti­tution. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia,–to their own native land. But a moment’s reflection would convince me, that whatever of high hope, (as I think there is) there may be in this, in the long run, its sudden execution is impossible. If they were all landed there in a day, they would all perish in the next ten days; and there are not surplus shipping and surplus money enough in the world to carry them there in many times ten days.”

            • Yet Lincoln continued to pursue colonization schemes during his presidency, not only in Liberia but also in Haiti and Central America. In August of 1862, Lincoln hosted a delegation of freed blacks at the White House in the hopes of getting their support for a plan of voluntary colonization in Central America. Lincoln argued that, given the inequalities and “differences” between the two races and the hostile attitudes of white people towards Black people, it would be “better for us both, therefore, to be separated.” Lincoln explored colonization plans until 1864, when the policy of arming and training blacks as soldiers in the Union army was approved. While Lincoln never changed his view that whites and blacks could never be fully equal, he did support giving those who fought for the Union the right to vote.

  5. There’s a deep ‘systematic’ distrust in certain communities towards banks and medical establishments due to historical issues. They need to do what every leader does and talk to the community leaders. They are the ones who need to adapt and it’s a challenge when the news basically says they are so very right and correct to be mistrustful. Idk what outcome everyone expects with that sort of messaging. I expect what we’re getting.

  6. If these doctors believe that white doctors are out to harm Blacks why would any reasonable White person not believe that these very doctors may be biased in their treatment of them. If the doctors say they would never do such a thing then they are simply engaging in a I am better than them game which is, by any other name when it race is the determining factor, racism.

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