Leader of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan is calling on blacks and people of colour to not heed the call to take vaccines to combat COVID-19.
Farrakhan is claiming vaccine distribution is part of a wider plan to depopulate the world, beginning with people of colour.
Speaking at the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit, Farrakhan said: “Do you believe Satan is concerned about vaccinating you? You trust him? After all he has done to destroy us. How could you allow him to stick a needle into you, saying he’s helping you?”
Farrakhan went on to describe the vaccine as a free shot of toxic waste and said black people should be on their guard when it is said ‘If you don’t take the vaccine, you can’t work here’, or ‘If you children don’t receive a shot, they can’t attend school’.
According to the esteemed Pew Research Center in the United States, only 42 per cent of black Americans said they would take a vaccine to fight the virus compared with 61 per cent of white Americans.
“Most (blacks) are like ‘straight-up, no. They are thinking is this the government trying to hurt me? Is the medical establishment trying to hurt me? They are truly terrified that they are being targeted, which is animated by racism,” said Dr Brittani James, a physician in Chicago’s South Side area, in a Financial Times report.
The Financial Times continues: “With COVID-19, historical distrust is mingling with other factors unique to this pandemic according to Dr Monica Schoch-Spana, a medical anthropologist at Johns Hopkins University. The record-breaking speed with which the vaccine was developed has contributed to suspicions that corners may have been cut and safety sacrificed.”
In Jamaica and across the wider Caribbean, many people are reluctant to trust and take a vaccine. Apart from theories of depopulation and ridding the world of people of colour, there is a notion that vaccines contain a tracking device.
There are those who believe western nations should take it first and see how it works out before developing countries jump on board.
Governments and state agencies have to address this fear and reluctance before insisting people take these quickly produced vaccines.