By Olivia Murray
Published: August 3, 2021 Noon EST
(3 minute read)
The end of the Civil War came in April 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and those under the yoke of slavery were finally free. In December of that year, Congress ratified the 13th Amendment, which legally abolished slavery, and in 1868, black Americans were rightfully granted citizenship.
However, the Southern Democrats of the bygone Confederacy were strongly opposed to these measures. In turn, local southern governments enacted the notorious Jim Crow laws, of which racial segregation was a hallmark.
These laws were intended to marginalize and isolate black Americans from equally participating in society, and resistance could be met with fines, jail time, or even death.
Today, in a post-COVID world, the “progressive” Left is pushing to reincarnate this national sin, one that has fueled division throughout American history. Except this time, the segregation isn’t based on skin color, but rather vaccination status.
The state of New York has been the first to implement a vaccine passport. Dubbed an “Excelsior Pass” after the state motto, New Yorkers first download an app that generates a unique QR code. Participating businesses then scan this code “to verify proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result.”
However, does the government really need to pass discriminatory legislation as they did during the Jim Crow era? Or can the tyrants achieve their goals by simply having corporate America push the agenda?
Not only are private businesses beginning to twist arms, but the mainstream machine is running the propaganda. The following incendiary headline characterizes unvaccinated Americans as recalcitrant and ignorant, and is one example among many.
Emboldened and scornful, the hypocrisy of the Left is center stage. Democrats espouse “tolerance” and “acceptance,” yet spew vitriol at their fellow Americans based on personal convictions and choices.
Now, the hateful rhetoric is mutating into authoritarian protocols. Just last week, a photo of two separate lines in the Vancouver International Airport went viral.
What was the distinction? Vaccination status.
According to the 1896 Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, “separate is not equal.” These efforts are so overtly intended to subjugate, designating some as second-class citizens. To reimplement segregation, regardless of the justification, would be a disgraceful evocation of one of the darkest moments in American history.