What can we do about vaccine hesitancy?
Lessons from earlier vaccines
Hello! First off, let me apologize for forgetting to post a discussion thread yesterday. No excuse, I just messed up. I will try to be better in the future.
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Now onto the main event: vaccine hesitancy.
I published a piece in the Washington Post’s Outlook section recently titled “Not All ‘Anti-Racist’ Ideas Are Good Ones.” This piece was kind of wide-ranging, but it contained a passage that prompted some pushback from someone whose opinion I value, and I want to revise and extend my remarks to concede the basic truth of his critique.
The overall theme of the piece is that the post-Kendi move of pointing to every disparity and labeling it “racism” is not a super-useful way to analyze problems. One example I gave was the extent to which in basically every American city, you can see more vaccinations done in white neighborhoods than in non-…
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