Washington, Nov. 27 - The vaccinated and the unvaccinated today make up the dividing line in the United States, an analysis pointed out today when assessing that this could be the worst polarization in the country.
An opinion piece in the journal Politico written by Erin Aubry Kaplan, a journalist based in Los Angeles and an opinion writer for the New York Times, noted that the gulf between vaccinated and unvaccinated appears to outweigh everything else, including the division of blacks and whites. .
Segmentation came to completely hide interdependence, creating new and dangerous binaries: rational and irrational, law-abiding and vigilant, belief in and rejection of climate change, he said.
Although these divisions are not entirely new, they are dramatic, with consequences nothing short of existential. However, he said, this year, the most distressing binary for me - the one that makes everyone else seem impossible to beat - is perhaps the most mundane: vaccinated and unvaccinated, he stressed.
“I don't like the firm lines that I have had to draw between myself and the unvaccinated others. But I have no choice; it's about surviving. Beyond wanting to protect my own health and that of those in my closest circle, I simply cannot accept that no one refuses to keep us all - our society - safe, ”he asserted.
Of all the forms radical individualism takes these days - people who arm themselves to the teeth to "protect their freedoms" come to mind - not getting vaccinated became the most consistent and deadliest, he said.
For me, it is also the most disconcerting. The pedestrian nature of receiving a vaccine that has been shown to be overwhelmingly safe and effective, not to mention free, is what makes refusing to do so so petty and so insidious, Kaplan said.
The most disorienting thing about the new vaccination binary is that it almost supersedes the racial black and white that marked my vision of the United States, and my vision of its moral sense, all my life, he added.
There is no doubt that race and racism deeply divide and threaten the coherence of our society. But not drawing the lines of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, simply agreeing to disagree with the vaccine resistant, is an even more immediate threat to life than racism, he noted. (PL)
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