Cornell University Makes Flu Vaccination Mandatory – Only for White Students

An Ivy League university is requiring that White students receive an annual flu vaccination, while providing a racial exemption for students belonging to any other race.

Cornell University in New York admits to the racially discriminatory practice openly on its university health website. An estimate of demography university’s students calculated that 35% of the student body identify as white, thus ensuring that only a small plurality of students are required to receive flu vaccination.

On a web page breaking down the University’s health policy for “students of color,” Cornell Health appears to suggest that individuals of races other than white don’t need to agree to vaccination requirements.

“We recognize that, due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country, individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements,” explains the page. “For example, historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”

Cornell Health goes on to encourage the students of color demographic to recieve flu vaccination, but clarifies the health advice by stating that it is “understandable that the current Compact requirements may feel suspect or even exploitative to some BIPOC members of the Cornell community.” Read more…

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