“Racist and Wrong”: Texas Republican Blames Black Americans for Covid Rise | Texas

Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, has refused to apologize for blaming Covid-19’s growing hospitalizations and deaths of unvaccinated African Americans, a Black Houston official described as “racist and blunt.”

Folding his statements to Fox News, Patrick guilty “Democratic trolls on social media,” he said, adding that “Democrats continue to play politics with people’s lives.”

Sylvester Turner, the Democratic mayor of Houston, African-American, said Patrick’s comments were “offensive and should not be ignored.”

Amid widespread concern about the spread of the Delta variant, Texas is experiencing the highest hospitalization rates since January. This week it emerged that the state had asked federal authorities for more mortuary trucks.

The vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 in the U.S. are among those who have not received a vaccine.

Speaking to Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham on Thursday night, Patrick said: “The largest group in most states is African Americans who have not been vaccinated.

“The last time I saw that more than 90% of them were voting for Democrats in their major major cities and counties, so it’s up to Democrats (as it depends on Republicans) to try to vaccinate so many people.”

In his statement Friday, Patrick dit state and federal data “clearly indicate that vaccination rates against blacks are significantly lower than rates of whites or Hispanics.” But Texas Department of Health statistics did not support him.

Black jeans, about 12% of more than 29 million people in the state, have accounted for about 15% of all Covid-19 cases and just over 10% of deaths.

According to state data, about 8% of the eligible black population in Texas has been vaccinated, compared to 35% of the white population. But white people make up the largest racial group in Texas, at about 40%. Overall, 44% of jeans are fully vaccinated, less than the national rate of about 50%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the average seven-day daily Covid deaths in Texas went from 50.29 daily on August 4 to 115.14 daily on August 18. Covid-19 is charged with more than 50,000 deaths in the state and more than 627,000 in the entire United States.

Patrick also told Fox News that Texas Republicans “respect the fact that if people don’t want the vaccination, we won’t force it. That is their individual right. “

Its leader, Gov. Greg Abbott, reached the national headlines this week by testing positive for Covid-19, even though he was fully vaccinated, while trying to prevent schools from imposing mask warrants on students.

The Texas governor who opposed the masks gives positive to Covid - video
The Texas governor who opposed the masks gives positive to Covid – video

City and county officials joined Turner in condemning Patrick’s statements. Rodney Ellis, a Harris County commissioner covering Houston, called Patrick’s comments “racist and blunt” and added: “It’s disappointing that [he] they prefer scapegoats to do the right thing and work with local government to help control the spread of Covid-19 ”.

Government failures and abuses, including the “study of Tuskegee’s syphilis,” about carefree black men, have sparked mistrust among some African Americans.

Gary Bledsoe, president of the NAACP Conference in the state of Texas, told the Associated Press these historical disparities combined with vaccine politicization, misinformation and lack of access to shots to make it more difficult to vaccinate more African Americans.

He also said he was “surprised” by Patrick’s comments.

“I am so worried that he will field someone to go out there and do something outrageous because he thinks someone in his community got infected by black people. That’s not true, ”Bledsoe said.

“Go beyond your political base, reach out to people of all Texas political beliefs, of all races and religions, and say, ‘Let’s get together,’ because that’s an important issue.”

Patrick, 71, has already made headlines related to Covid. In March last year, he told another Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, that many older Americans would risk dying from Covid if that helped keep the economy open.

“No one came to me,” he said, “and he said,‘ As a senior citizen, are you willing to risk surviving in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if this is the exchange, I’m all there. “