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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THIS ISN'T WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT – FROM FOX:    The state of New York said it will prioritize non-White people in the distribution of COVID-19 treatments in short supply.  New York’s Department of Health released a document detailing their plan to distribute the treatments, such as monoclonal antibody treatment and antiviral pills.  The plan includes a section on eligibility for the scarce antiviral pills that people must meet to receive the treatment, including a line stating a person needs to have "a medical condition or other factors that increase their risk for severe illness."
One such "risk factor" is being a race or ethnicity that is not White due to "longstanding systemic health and social inequities"  "Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19," the memo reads.  The Empire State's plan received backlash online for discriminating based on ethnicity and skin color.  This cannot stand.  There can be some reasonable medical adjustments, but clearly favoring one race over another violates the most profound beliefs of our society.  Just don't do it. 

January 1, 2022