Joy Behar On COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitation In Black Community: 'The Experiment Has Been Done On White People Now'
The host said she didn't blame Black people for being "skittish" about the vaccine.
October 08, 2021 at 3:37 pm
The View co-host Joy Behar thinks hesitation around the COVID-19 vaccine in the Black community should be nonexistent because it's been used on white people.
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In the nearly two-minute clip, Behar says she doesn't blame the Black community for being "skittish" about the vaccine.
"How do they get through to people like the Black audience, for instance, the African American community, who has been burnt in the past by these Tuskegee experiments and things coming out that have harmed them," she shares. "I don’t blame that community for being skittish about it, but I say that so many white people have gotten it now, you know, the experiment has been done on white people now."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10.6% of Black people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 60.1% of white people and 17.4% of Hispanic people. Hispanic and Black communities saw a slight increase in receiving vaccination doses between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 compared to their white and Asian counterparts.
Sunny Hostin expressed her shock at learning how many Americans are unvaccinated and said the result may be "fear." Fifty-six percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, while 65% have received one dose.
She recounted seeing an ad campaign scaring people into not doing drugs.
“I also remember the ad campaign, this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs, with the egg on the street frying. That works. Fear works, unfortunately,” Hostin expressed.
Whoopi Goldberg agreed with Behar, encouraging Americans to receive the vaccine.
"The commercial I would do is to have somebody talking — 'I should get the vaccine but I didn't get it — and here's where she is today: in the cemetery," Goldberg shared. "If you haven't seen anything come out and grow on me, it's simple to say that it's okay. White people are getting it. If you don't see them with double-heads, it's okay."