The View cohost Joy Behar raised more than a few eyebrows while urging black people to get the vaccine.
Behar said that black people shouldn’t have vaccine hesitancy because “…the experiment has been done on white people.”
The controversial figure brought up the Tuskegee experiments, during which untreated syphilis experimentation was done on nearly 400 black people without their knowledge or consent for 40 years, between 1932 and 1972. Over 100 people died as a result of the study.
Behar said that because this was done, she does not blame the black community for their low vaccination rates.
“How do they get through to people like the black audience, for instance, the African American community, who has been burnt in the past by these Tuskegee experiments and things coming out that have harmed them,” Behar said. “I don’t blame that community for being skittish about it, but I say that so many white people have gotten it now, you know, the experiment has been done on white people now.”
Fellow cohost Whoopi Goldberg chimed in agreeing with Behar.
“The Tuskegee experiment, there are countless things we can point to. But this is not one of them. This isn’t one of them. And did you just say, Joy, white people? This is what I said at the beginning: White people are getting it. If you don’t see them with double heads, it’s OK. You know, if you don’t see a tail, it’s OK.”
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